As private schools hog the limelight, all is not lost for public institutions

  • Some public schools have performed exceptionally well despite limitations
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 21, 2017-

If results of the School Leaving Certificate examination in the past are anything to go by, private schools have managed to leave public schools, where majority of students across the country go to learn, far behind. 

While the average success rate for private schools stands at 90 percent, not even one-third of students of public schools manage to get the minimum marks required to pass exam. 

SLC results of last one decade shows success rate of private schools has consistently been around 90 percent. For public schools, the results paint a bleak picture, with the success rate hovering around 40 percent. 

Since results of the SLC exam, which has been scrapped from this year, used to be considered the main basis to evaluate the quality, public schools have gradually lost the sheen, while private schools continue to shine. This has led to a significant rise in number of private schools and decline in number of public schools, which experts say is a worrying sign. This apparently portrays that the private sector is dominating in the education sector.

But all is not lost. Some public schools in various parts of the country have performed exceptionally well. Even though they have not outdone private schools, good performance by some public schools is a bellwether of the fact that a little extra effort by teachers and school management can help improve quality of education in public schools as well. 

Bafal-based Gyanodaya Balbatika is an example. 

Firstly, Gyanodaya makes sure that it does enroll students in limited numbers. According to Natikaji Maharjan, Principal of the school, a significant number of students who seek admission in Gyanodaya are from private schools. “They are attracted because they can get quality education without paying a hefty amount of fees,” he said. 

Committed teachers, regular classes and tests and a well-disciplined learning environment are the major factors that make Gyanodaya a better institution among public schools, he said. Unlike in most of the public schools, it provides remedial classes for students who cannot catch up with the pace of their peers. Periodic interaction with the guardians and parents to discuss strength and weakness of students also help a lot, according to him. 

The school has adopted English medium of teaching and made computer education compulsory from grade four. 

Regular tests are held for students from grade nine and ten every Saturday and students are given additional support in the subjects where they perform poorly. This is the reason why out of around 2,100 students, 140 of them are the children of government officials and teachers. The school has managed 100 percent SLC results regularly. It has bagged the excellent school award from the Ministry of Education, while it has received the regional award for excellent performance for several times.

Similarly, Adarsha Soul School from Bungmati in Lalitpur is another beacon of hope for students whom their parents cannot enroll in private schools. Community support and committed teachers make the school a cut above the rest.

For the last one decade, the school has been consistent in maintaining 90 percent SLC results. 

Like in Gyanodaya, the students willing to study at Adarsha Soul have to make it to the merit list after appearing in the entrance examination. 

Bageshwori School from Bhaktapur too has maintained excellent academic records. 

The school with 2,400 students is among the largest public schools in terms of enrollment in the Capital. 

Krishna Prasand Dhanchha, principal of the school, attributes the school’s success to commitment of the teachers. A majority of the teachers have enrolled their children to the schools which has increased their commitment for the betterment of the school. The children of Principal Dhanchha, Vice-Principal Gyan Sagar Parajapati and School Management Committee Chairman Rabindra Jwakhwa are studying in the same school. 

Outside the Valley, Sitala Devi Secondary School from Pokhara, which was awarded with the excellent performance award two years ago, Baruneshwor Secondary School Rampur of Okhaldhunga, Ganesh Secondary School of Baglung, Padmodaya School of Dang and Narayani Secondary School of Chitwan are some of the public schools which have made their names by performing extraordinarily at a time when private schools tend to hog all the limelight.

Published: 21-03-2017 10:19

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