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.
Current state of education in Nepal.
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!
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.
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!
Post-secondary education in government colleges in Nepal is a black hole. A large percentage of student who attend those institutions never get out of it! If they do, it's without having completed it.