Irregularities up despite strict rules

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- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Irregularities up despite strict rules

Mar 28, 2015-

Despite strict measures in place, hundreds of cases of irregularities were reported during the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations this year.

As the nine-day examination under the general category concluded on Friday, 1,545 people, including examination superintendents and fake examinees, were arrested and expelled for violating examination code of conduct. According to the Office of the Controller of Examination, of those who were involved in irregularities, 1,420 were students, 42 fake examinees, 78 invigilators, four helpers and one examination superintendent.

The OCE record shows that of the total expelled, around 1,320 are from Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Siraha and Saptari districts alone. The number is three times higher than last year’s examination when 374 students, 94 invigilators, eight helpers and two police officials faced action. The increasing cases of irregularities show that the SLC Examination Board’s attempt to introduce stricter provisions to curb malpractices has fallen flat.

The SLC Examination Board had amended the existing examination directives two years ago to include a provision of six-month jail term or Rs 100,000 fine or both in extreme cases of irregularities during the tests.

Education experts attribute the unfair practices to the traditional way of SLC examination which priorities rote learning. They said the only way to stop such practices is to change the examination pattern. Seconding the experts’ view, Dware said poor teaching and learning environment and lack of accountability among teachers are the other factors behind the existing irregularities.

Published: 29-03-2015 08:53

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