Friday, 21 June 2013


It has been almost a decade since I passed SLC (School Leaving Certificate) from a government-owned school. Bags of ups and downs in regard to SLC results appeared in our country over the decade. In the past, questions of both grade 9 and 10 used to be integrated, nevertheless, students labored hard and made through the ‘Iron Gate’. Unlike in the past, SLC questions are only based on the syllabus of grade 10 at present. On the contrary, SLC results have been fluctuating. There are no improvements or constant results in the history of SLC results. This year only 41.57 per cent of examinees succeeded. 
This is, in my view, due to the gulf between private schools and government-owned schools. Students at private schools are well-equipped and groomed through frequent counseling, coaching classes and tuition classes all academic year, whereas students at public schools are deprived of all aforesaid facilities. In addition, some of them don’t receive textbooks on time particularly in mountainous and hilly regions. In comparison, public school students are always subject to fits of economic depression. This is also a hindrance to good results. 
Aside from students, teachers are also equally responsible for such declining results. Teachers at public schools are better paid; however, their work performance is not as good as of those teachers who are not well-paid at private schools across the country. Resource persons, District Education officers and principal of each government school have to be committed and devoted to their responsibilities. Education must be free from political interference. On the one hand students of public schools have been worried about their results and supplementary exams, on the other hand, parents whose offspring studied at private schools scored less than 80 or 90 per cent are crowding Office of the Examination Controller for re-totaling. 
No parents are found to be satisfied with the percentage their children have obtained. The more percentage a student tries to score, the more percentage his or her parents demand. What percentage should be obtained by a student? Unlike illiterate people, educated people put much pressure on their children so as to score as good marks as possible. Some students cram just ahead of their exam and they fall sick. As a result, performance is poor. We are marks-oriented. Our students are burdened with overwork and teachers are compelled to live a mechanical life. 

Loads of work and a heavy work pressure do not enhance the efficiency of both students and teachers but result in sluggishness and exhaustion. There are many teachers and students who have been victimized and depressed. We are still conservative.Talents and caliber of a student cannot be measured by the marks that s/he obtains in a test or exam. 
We often run after the results, percentage, name and popularity of colleges, schools and universities. We never endeavor to know the crux of that what we are running after blindly. What quality a student possesses or internalizes doesn’t matter but what percentage a student obtains matter in the context of our country, Nepal. Our schools, colleges or universities promise and grant scholarships on the basis of academic performance whereas moral and ethical aspects are put aside. This is why the quality of education in our country has been degrading. There are many ways of promoting and upgrading students. Our students are in need of practical knowledge not a theoretical one. Let’s start contemplating on what our children have been acquiring not what percentage they have been securing. Exam should be a reflection of their preparation not their knowledge imbibed. 

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