Print Edition - 2014-07-23  |  Nation

Govt steps up efforts to improve community schools’ performance

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Dhankuta

Jul 22, 2014-To improve the dwindling SLC success rate including the overall performance of community schools, the Eastern Regional Education Directorate, Dhankuta has made it mandatory for all community schools in 16 districts to prepare a progress report and send them via SMS every month.

As per the directive, headmasters of each and every community schools in the districts will have to send a report, including the attendance, total school hours, active participation in classrooms and extra-curricular activities of students as well as teachers at the end of each month. Stating that no excuses shall be entertained in this regard, Director Tulsi Prasad Thapaliya of the Directorate said the headmasters should provide a detailed description to the resource person or the concerned authority.

“We had come up with this plan after being tired of the excuses made by the teachers for the lacklustre performance of the community schools and the students studying in them,” Thapaliya said, adding that the provision would help maintain constant touch with schools located in remote areas and share information on various subjects to help them improve their performance.

The directorate stated that they have asked the schools with internet facilities to send the progress reports via e-mail.

While the nationwide SLC success rate stood at 43.92 per cent, in eastern districts it was only 34.17 per cent. It is speculated that high absence rate of students and teachers in community schools were to be blamed for the dismal result. Likewise, it has been identified that the students of community schools in the eastern districts were particularly weak in three subjects with an average score of 25.8 in English, 30.4 in Mathematics, and 22.7 in Science, while none have managed to score over 45 marks in any of these subjects.

Similarly, there is a huge disparity in the performance of community and private schools in Dhankuta district.

Among the 66,445 students who sat for the SLC examinations from 1,313 community schools this year, the pass percentage was less than 20 percent, while more than 85 percent of the students from six private schools managed to pass the examinations. A total of 18,825 students had appeared for the SLC examinations from private schools this year.

Published: 23-07-2014 08:54

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