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The National Examination Board is preparing to make suggestions to the Government of Nepal by including various options for conducting the postponed examination of class 12 of the last level of school level.

In a virtual debate organized by the Education Journalists’ Society (SEZ) today, Prof. Dr. Chandra Mani Poudel, Chairman of the Board, said that they are seriously studying the issue of obtaining valid certificates that students can take around the world.

He clarified that the Class 12 examination would be postponed from the first week of September due to increased risk of corona virus and the board alone could not decide on it.

He said that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Center for Prevention and Control of Covid-19 (CCMC) would decide on the method and date of conducting the examination after studying the suggestions given by the board. The board has prepared a suggestion to conduct national level examination without certification on the basis of internal assessment like class 10 and 11 as the risk of COVID-19 is increasing and class 12 examination should get national and international recognition.

The report states that in case all the students at the school level are not able to participate in the online learning, the class 12 examination can be conducted online or the examination can be conducted in other districts on different dates by conducting the examination in a place where there is no risk of corona. Even if there is a phased examination, the results will be at the same time, said Chairman Poudel.

The class 12 examination scheduled to be held from March 22 and the class 11 examination scheduled to be held from March 8 was postponed due to the bandh. Chairman Poudel said, “Since the curriculum and assessment system will be decided by the Curriculum Evaluation Development Council and not by the board, we cannot do anything outside the prescribed curriculum and examination policy given by the government.” We will work on the basis of the government’s decision in difficult situations. ‘

Gehnath Gautam, director of the Center for Education and Human Resource Development, said that necessary homework is being done for class 12 as the government has already given exit for class 10 and 11 examinations considering the health risks.

DK Dhungana, co-chairman of the Private and Residential Schools Organization (PABSON), said that the final examination of class 12 should be conducted in a systematic and dignified manner. Subash Neupane, general secretary of the National Private and Residential Schools Association (NPSA), said it was sad that the examinees were confused and mentally stressed even after six months.

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