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OCE publishes SLC result like never before

In Picture: School Leaving Certificate Grading Table

Kathmandu, June 17, 2016: The Office of the Controller of Examinations today published the results of the School Leaving Certificate exams-2016 in letter grading system for the first time in the 83-year history of SLC exams.

Though the number of students appearing in the exams was higher than ever before, the result was published in record 69 days. Last year, it was published in 80 days.

In previous years, students used to get their mark sheet with subject-wise score and percentage. But from this year, the examinees will get grade sheets with grades in each subject and Grade Point Average.

A total of 615,553 students had filled exam forms but 11,864 were deemed ineligible and 15,537 did not turn up to take the exam. As a result, 437,326 students took the exam. As many as 16,454 students got GPA between 3.6 and 4.0 which falls in A+ category and translates to a percentage between 90 and 100.

Some of the students who appeared for SLC were not excited about their results, as they would have preferred subject-wise marks and result in percentage.

The OCE premises, which used to be packed with SLC examinees eager to see their result after its publication, virtually wore a deserted look today.

Pankaj Shah, who appeared for SLC exam from Shree Thuma Secondary School of Kuldevmandu, Bajura, said he was not happy with the result, as he got a B+ (3.15) grade.

“Since we cannot see our percentage and marks in individual subjects, we won’t be able to know who outscored us in what subject and devise strategies to beat them next time,” he said.

Shailee Manandhar of Naxal-based Brihaspati Vidya Sadan School said though it was the result day she was relaxed, as she was confident of getting outstanding scores.

“We are not habituated to this new system therefore some kind of curiosity was there regarding the result,” she said. She actually scored A+ in five subjects and A in three subjects and attained a GPA of 3.85.

Anuj Ojha from SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Sanothimi, welcomed the grading system. He said with grades in subjects there will be no discrimination between students with high score and low score.

Soon after the results, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were filled with comments on GPA and grades.

Some of the users welcomed the grading system while others criticised it, stating that watching result with grades such as A+, A was like watching the blood groups. Some said getting GPA and grades in SLC was not as pleasing as receiving result in percentage and marks.

When the government used to announce result in percentage with subject-wise marks, more than 50 per cent of the examinees would get fail status for securing less than 32 marks in each subject.

Bishwo Kanta Pandit, education secretary, Ministry of Education said they wanted to show the quality and knowledge of students in individual subject through grading system.

“We are going to improve the examination system to make it compatible with grades in the coming days,” he added.

One more chance

OCE has made provision of grade increment through chance exam for students with D and E grade in theory for two subjects.

The chance exam will be held from July 29 to August 5. Last year, a total of 405,338 students had appeared for the SLC exam but only 192,267 had passed.


By Kokila KC