Hss exams start today

  • More girls than boys in +2 test
- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu
Hss exams start today

Jun 2, 2015-

As in the School Leaving Certificate examinations held earlier this year, the Higher Secondary School (HSS) board exams that begin on Wednesday will be taken by more girls than boys.

The growth reflects an increased access of girls even in the top grades of school education. In the 80-year history of SLC exams, the number of girls was more than that of boys this year.

Of the total 719,463 examinees sitting the grade 11 and 12 final tests this year, 50.66 percent (364,451) are girls while the share of boys stands sat 49.34 percent (355,012). The exams that were postponed due to earthquakes are scheduled to kick off on June 3.

The increase in the girls’ access to education from the primary level, according to experts, is the main reason behind the rise. The flash report--the biannual report presenting school-level data—of the Department of Education shows the Gender Parity Index at primary level has reached 1.03, which is 1.02 both at the lower-secondary and secondary levels, and 1.05 in the HS level. This means girls’ enrolment is higher than boys’ from the primary to the HS level.

“This reflects an increase in parents’ awareness of the need to educate their daughters,” said Bishnu Karki, an education expert. “Another factor could be male migration for foreign jobs.” According to the Foreign Employment Department, 95 percent migrants are male.

The Exam Controller’s Office at the Higher Secondary Education Board said the exams will be held in two phases: students from 68 districts including in Kathmandu Valley will take the test first. Exams in the seven worst-affected Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Dhading, Dolakha, Rasuwa and Gorkha districts will be held after a month.

According to board, the number of students in 68 districts is 672,744 while that for the seven districts is 46,719. As many as 846 exam centres have been set up in 68 districts while there are 76 centres in the seven districts.

In view of the safety of students, the exam halls are only on the ground and first floors. The schools that do not have sufficient rooms in the two floors have been asked to prepare makeshift shelters for the purpose.

“The centres were fixed after assessing the buildings,” said Chaitanya Sharma, vice-chairman at the HSEB. Three medical teams will be ready to respond for two weeks if students show symptoms of post traumatic emotional meltdown.

The HSEB on Sunday changed 19 exam centres in Kathmandu Valley as the buildings where the tests were supposed to be conducted were marked unsafe by authorities.

The HSEB said it will hold separate exams for students from the worst-hit districts who are studying in Kathmandu Valley if they cannot attend this time. The HSEB on Saturday imparted psychological counseling to exam superintendents in order to enable them to help examinees better in an emergency. The board has started a digital notice board service. Anyone can access information related to the exams by dialling 1610016639002.

Published: 03-06-2015 07:04

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