Allow stds Cl X and XII to repeat unconditionally: Opposition

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… Class XII repeaters should be allowed to ask the government. scholarship abroad

Phurpa Lhamo

The opposition recommended that the government allow pupils in classes X and XII to repeat a year without conditions.

In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, he said it is a constitutional duty of the government to provide free education up to grade 10. “In addition, Class XII repeaters should have the same opportunity to apply for government scholarships abroad.”

The Ministry of Education issued a notification on April 17 stating that repeaters would only be allowed in public school if they met five conditions.

One of the conditions was that the pupil did not repeat a year in class IX or XI.

Other conditions were the availability of places in the schools, 90% attendance at the last academic session with exceptions for medical reasons, no adverse records in the school and should not be registered as a private candidate or additional.

According to the opposition, many students who failed classes X and XII were confused and disappointed because current policy does not allow them to repeat more than once in the same year.

The press release quoted the circular of November 4, 2013, which allowed students who failed in classes X and XII to repeat once in the same public school from the 2014 academic session.

The opposition claimed that the education system should not deprive young people, not even a single one, of the possibility of continuing their studies if they are interested. “There is also evidence that many children who passed Grade X with lower scores struggle to gain admission to study in Grade XI.”

He also recommended that the government ensure that all students who passed Grade 10 would be admitted to study in Grade 11.

“Current policy may end up doing more harm than good in the long run,” the press release asserts.

The opposition has also called on the government to review the policy that does not allow Class XII repeaters to apply for government-sponsored vocational studies.

“A student repeats in the same class with great difficulty for the sole purpose of securing a better future. The policy calls for careful consideration,” the press release read.

She also asked the government to conduct effective advocacy on alternative pathways in technical and vocational education and training.

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