The arbitrariness of schools in giving grades to SEE students continues this year too. Nepal Examination Board (NEB) published the result of SEE 2077 last Saturday. Discerning the grading pattern of past year SEE result and current year, it can be ascertained that schools have been practicing their wilful gratuitous marking system and giving unreasonably higher grades to the students.
According to the data of Office of the Controller of Examination, class 10, Sanothimi, Bhaktapur, in the academic year 2074 and 2075 when NEB was conducting the examination, the total number of students who scored 4 GPA was 74 and 106 respectively. But ever since NEB has granted permission to internally evaluate the performance of students, the number of students scoring higher GPAs has escalated dramatically.
As the data says, among 4 lakhs 72 thousand and 78 SEE appearing students 9 thousand 3 hundred and 19 students scored 4 GPA last year. This year 8 thousand 4 hundred and 44 students scored 4 GPA out of 4 lakhs 84 thousand 2 hundred and 78 students.
It has been found out that private schools of city area have given maximum number of GPA to their students whereas community schools have improved a little in giving grades. Thought the board had released 'SEE student evaluation, result publication and verification working module 2078' clearly directing that a school should give reasons if it has given more than 80 percent marks in any subject, the whimsicality still continued.
The board have not released any data regarding what number of students scored which GPA may be to cover the whimsicality of schools in giving grades to their students. But the board reasons it that as the board has only verified the grades sent by schools from internal evaluation, the board is not obliged to publish the data.
The board has also decided not to conduct any re-totaling or grade increment examination as the result was based on internal evaluation.
If the trend continues, no doubt that basic foundation of education in Nepal will only produce academically unfit resources for the future causing a long-term effect on development of overall aspects of the nation. There is a serious need to rethink on the evaluation system and restructure overall education system. It is very important for schools and even parents to realize that more than grades and percentages the learning and skills are important. There is a need to search solutions for changes in the education system of Nepal.
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