Where has huge investment in the education sector gone? This year's SLC results have raised this pertinent question as around two-thirds of students from the community schools failed the exam.
Facts and figures speak for themselves. Only 119,198 students out of a total of 326,633 (36.49 percent) got through SLC from the community schools, according to the Office of the Controller of Examination (OCE).
On the contrary, the pass percentage from private and institutional schools is over 84 percent. The success rate in the community schools has dropped by more than 10 percent compared to last year's 46 percent.
Though 77 percent of the examinees were from the community schools, the private sector dominated the result despite its low presence of 23 percent. The poor result registered by the government schools hampered the overall pass percent, which is 46.16 percent—the lowest in the last six years. "This shows that there our education system needs a massive overhauling," said education expert Man Prasad Wagle. The huge investment in community education has been useless, he said.
Interestingly, the SLC success rate went down in the same fiscal year the education budget was increased by 10 percent. Government allocation to the education sector has doubled in just four years reaching Rs 63.91 billion in 2011/12 from Rs 27.06 billion in 2007/08.