Around 100 people, including examinees and invigilators, were expelled from test centres for violating code of conduct on the first day of the School Leaving Certificate examinations on Thursday.
According to the Office of the Controller of Examination (OCE), 87 examinees and 10 invigilators were expelled for misconduct. Last year, 70 superintendents, invigilators and examinees were booked for defying the examination code of conduct.
Out of the total examinees expelled on Thursday, 84 were from Saptari alone while two were from Sarlahi and one from Doti. Similarly, of total expelled invigilators, four each were from Siraha and Saptari, and one each from Dhanusha and Bara. “Despite a few cases of cheating, no serious irregularity was observed on the first day,” Examination Controller Bishnu Bahadur Dware said.
The SLC Examination Board has decided to lodge public offence case against parents who encourage their wards to adopt unfair means to pass the exam, while teachers, officials and security personnel involved in such practices will be booked under the Education Act. As per the Act, a person breaching the examination code of conduct can be jailed for six months or fined up to Rs 100,000 or both.
As many as 574,685 students (426,214 regular and 145,183 exempted) appeared for the English test on Thursday. Meanwhile, girls have outnumbered boys in the SLC examination for the first time this year.
Of the total 426,214 examinees under the regular category, 213,710 girls and 212,504 boys are sitting for the examination this year. Likewise, 3,288 students of from 99 technical schools are also taking their tests for the first time this year. Such students will get their results under the grading system. The examinations will conclude on March 20.
Meanwhile, Sushma Baidya, wife of CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya, is also taking her test from Manohar Secondary School in Gongabu, Kathmandu, this year.