Dearth of teachers hits SLC results

BHOJPUR, July 1: In the past three years, no student has passed SLC from Kalika Secondary School of Helauchi VDC. The school has had no teacher for science and math since January.

None of the students passed SLC from this school as they skipped science and math exams. However, ninth graders, who have also failed in the two subjects, have been promoted to grade 10.

Similarly, Charambhi VDC’s Arunodaya High School does not have a science teacher. Students from this school, however, sat for their SLC exams and only three passed.

More than two dozen schools here do not have math and science teachers. Of these, 10 schools produced only one SLC graduate each. Only three schools saw two students pass the SLC whereas there are only a few schools that produced more than 10 SLC graduates.

According to district education officer Basanta Prasad Koirala, the problem is more severe in the secondary level. There are not enough subject teachers even to fulfill the required quota. Koirala said it would be very difficult to improve the performance of public school as long as this problem persists. Educationists blame political interference for deteriorating performance of schools. Several school management committee elections in Bhojpur have been cancelled by the Education Office because of excessive political interference.

Over the last several years, 70 per cent of the students have failed in science and math. “There are no subject teachers,” says Surendra Udas, principal of Mahendrodaya School, Deurali. “It is miraculous that the students pass without the guidance of teachers.

And even the advertisements calling for applications from teachers have seen no response. The schools have been searching for teachers while the academic year has already being affected. After last year’s Teachers Service Commission’s exams, many teachers without teaching license were compelled to resign.

This year only 752 students sat for SLC exams from 72 schools of Bhojpur. A total of 495 students passed SLC from 60 schools, while 12 schools saw zero pass-outs. A total of 2,257 students appearing SLC from these schools failed.

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