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My Personal Stories, Nepal Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education

Raise the Child, NOT the Rod

Corporal punishments rarely impart any meaningful lesson, and yet, in Nepal, it’s defended as part of our “culture.” My classmates and I suffered from it too and as far as I can tell, they didn’t do much good for us!

What’s more, it is possible to educate and raise children without punishing them physically.

. . . → Read More: Raise the Child, NOT the Rod

Kantipur FM Commentaries, Nepal Education, Secondary Education

Kantipur FM Commentary: SLC — An Exercise in Futility and Unreliability

In the March 29, 1998 episode of the Kantipur FM, Marlboro Music Network radio show, I talk about the peculiarities of SLC by comparing my class’ end-of-year examination results to that of SLC to show why it is an exercise in futility and unreliability. . . . → Read More: Kantipur FM Commentary: SLC — An Exercise in Futility and Unreliability

Nepal Education, Secondary Education

Reforms in SLC after 81 years: Failing subjects you don’t like makes no difference

Office of the Controller of Examination introduces changes to SLC examination after 81 years! Letter-grade descriptors to replace numerical-score grades and failure in a subject to not hold back a student from continuing their post-secondary education. . . . → Read More: Reforms in SLC after 81 years: Failing subjects you don’t like makes no difference

My Personal Stories, Nepal Education, Secondary Education

Nepal Education: SLC…Is No TLC

When a high achieving student from a private school is not assured of the results expected in SLC, what faith can one have on the examination? . . . → Read More: Nepal Education: SLC…Is No TLC

Bureaucracy & Corruption In Nepal, Corruption, Nepal Education, Secondary Education

SLC: Price Our Children Pay When Leadership Fail

The difficulties 16 to 18 year olds face with our high school diploma examinations–SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examinations–has less to do with their lack of ability and more to do with the lack of ability of our money- and power-hungry, corrupt leadership. . . . → Read More: SLC: Price Our Children Pay When Leadership Fail

Bureaucracy & Corruption In Nepal, Corruption, Nepal Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education

Education in Nepal: Current State According to Al Jazeera

Current state of education in Nepal. . . . → Read More: Education in Nepal: Current State According to Al Jazeera

Nepal Education, Secondary Education

Ins And Outs of SLC: A Sorry Story

Secondary school education in Nepal consists of committing to memory model questions and answers in order to pass SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination. Everything, from resources to what happens in the classroom and outside is geared towards the students rote learning the materials. And after all that, half of those who take the SLC, fail! . . . → Read More: Ins And Outs of SLC: A Sorry Story

Nepal Education, Secondary Education

SLC: The Ticket That Isn’t

SLC (School Leaving Certificate) examination results are very very poor. About half of all 16-18 year-olds fail the exam. With no options for a decent life and future, a large number of these students end-up leaving the country as migrant workers. . . . → Read More: SLC: The Ticket That Isn’t

My Personal Stories, Nepal Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education

Education in Nepal: How I Got In and Out

Just a basic education had been in the cards! But determined to get more, much much more than that which I was told I was “entitled” to, I would have an incredible academic career! . . . → Read More: Education in Nepal: How I Got In and Out

Nepal Education, Primary Education, Secondary Education

Education in Nepal: A Privilege

Primary and secondary education in Nepal for a vast majority of Nepalese children was a privilege, when I was a student, and is still a privilege thirty years later! Only a very very small percentage of kids attending government schools — where a majority of children go for their education — graduate from a high school. . . . → Read More: Education in Nepal: A Privilege