The Office of the Controller of the Examinations is set to publish
results of School Leaving Certificate exams in vocational stream in
grading system from this year.
Though this is a new practice in SLC examination system, many private colleges and universities such as Purbanchal University and Pokhara University have been using grading system for students’ academic evaluation.
In grading system, students’ academic achievement or performance is not measured in numeric value and tagged as ‘topper’, ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. The marks obtained by students in various subjects will be measured in grades such as A, B, C, D, which will rid the mark sheets of ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
As per government’s School Sector Reform Plan (2009-2015), school education is divided into two levels — basic education (Grade I-VIII) and secondary education (Grade IX-XII). Similarly secondary education is also divided into two categories — general stream and vocational stream.
Since last year, students of 99 schools are pursuing vocational stream from Grade IX.
They are studying various subjects such as engineering and overseer.
The OCE is going to publicise the results of SLC exam of students of these 99 schools across the country in pilot phase this year. Currently around 4,000 students are studying in these schools in Grade X.
Bishnu Bahadur Dware, Examination Controller, OCE, said that they were doing the homework for publishing the results of 99 schools in grading system. Diwakar Dhungel, Executive Director, Curriculum Development Centre, said that the National Curriculum Development and Evaluation Council had already decided to conduct SLC exams in 99 schools in grading system.
“We are holding discussions with education experts on whether to use A, B, C, D or Ka, Kha, Ga, Gha in their certificates,” he said, adding, “We are also doing homework on training and consultation to staff and teachers involved in students’ answer sheet correction and other works related to result publication.”