Girls outnumber boys across country in Grade 10

Published On: March 14, 2017 01:20 AM NPT By: Bishnu Prasad Aryal

SEE in lieu of SLC for Grade 10, total of 538,182 taking exams from March 16
KATHMANDU, March 14: The number of girl  students in Grade 10 across the country is higher than boys, indicating a greater dedication among girls to the pursuit of education.

The Secondary Education Examination (SEE) for Grade 10 is being held across the country from March 16 to 24. It used to be taken as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams in the past. 
The SEE will be conducted at 1,923 exam centers. 

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has directed the district education offices to conduct the SEE with fairness and propriety. Action will be taken against the stakeholders flouting the rules. They may be fined upto Rs 100,000 or given a  six month prison term or both, according to the MoE directives.

According to the National Examination Board (NEB), a total of 538,182 students including those in the technical group are sitting for the SEE. Among them, 468,400 are regular students, 50,873 are partial examinees seeking to score better grades, and 18,909 are exempted students who are retaking the SLC exams of the past.

 Out of the total number of students in Grade 10, the girls number 278,450 while 259,732 are boys, according to NEB records. A total of 464,743 regular students are from 9,834 government and community schools.

However, the number of girls in Grade 10 technical education is lower than the number of boys. Out of the total of  3,703  Grade 10 technical education  students in 101 schools, 1,464 are girls while 2,239 are boys. Of these, 3,657 are regular students and 46 are partial examinees trying for better grades, said Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, secretary at  MoE and vice chairperson of the NEB.

These will be the first exams to be held in Grade 10 as regional/provincial level examinations since the implementation of the eighth amendment to the Education Act 10 months ago. The Education Act has provisioned for holding the SLC in Grade 12 as the School Leaving Certificate Examination (SLCE). “The SEE will be taken at five regional levels. Five kinds of question sets have been prepared for the SEE,” said the MoE officials.

Under the Act, the Grade 8 exams will be taken through the districts, the Grade 10 exams through the region/province and  Grade 12 through the national board. The names of exams are yet to be officially endorsed. The government is yet to approve the draft of the Education Regulations, which have been okayed by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, according to  MoE sources.

Meanwhile, this is the second time the letter-grading evaluation system is being used in Grade 10. According to the MoE, the letter-grading system will be gradually extended to school level exams from Grades 1 to 12. The system is being implemented in Grades 9 and 11 from this year.

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