BHAKTAPUR: The Ministry of Education, Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), has completed all the preparations for the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations starting throughout the country tomorrow.
Examinations controller at OCE Bishnu Bahadur Dware said that all the preparations for the examination have been made. He said arrangements have been made for conducting the exam in a peaceful manner and without any hindrance.
Controller Dware said the District Education Committees in all the districts have been directed to take prompt action against candidates if they are found involved in any kind of misconducts or irregularities.
He said the committees have also been given the authority to forthwith cancel the exam of the candidates found to be indulging in such malpractices and also barring them in the coming year’s SLC exams.
Similarly, any employee found indulging in irregularities at the exam centres or trying to forcefully enter the exam centre and creating disturbances would be immediately taken under control and fined 100 thousand rupees or imprisoned for six months or both.
Question papers, the answer scripts, the guidelines on conducting the exam, the superintendent’s guidelines booklet, other required stationery materials and even the authorization for expenses have reached all the districts. Trained staff members have been deployed for conducting the exams.
The OCE has fixed 1,836 exam centres across the country, 50 more than the number of exam centres last year. The ‘home centres’ have been done away with from this year.
Similarly, students appearing in the SLC exams have been instructed to mandatorily wear school uniform for taking the exam.
A total of 566 thousand and 85 students have filled up the exam forms both under the regular and exempted categories this time. Among them, 419 thousand and 352 students have filled forms under the regular category while 146 thousand and 733 under the exempted category. Altogether 547 thousand and 165 candidates sat in the SLC exams last year.
Deputy Controller at the OCE Pralhad Aryal said necessary preparations for the exam have been completed and that 53 thousand and 76 employees have been mobilized for conducting the exam and 18 thousand and 360 police personnel deployed for security purpose throughout the country.
This year the government has formed central monitoring committees comprising Joint Secretaries at the Ministry of Education and mobilized these committees for making the SLC exam dignified.
The exam will be held from 8 am to 11 am. The exams will be over on March 28.
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