Seventy Three students from Teach For Nepal’s inaugural cohort’s classroom across the public schools in Lalitpur district passed School Leaving Certificate examination. This was the first time students taught by Teach For Nepal Fellows appeared in the SLC.
According to a press release issued by Sweta Baniya of Teach for Nepal, the result published by the Exams Controller Office, Sanothimi a total of 47. 3 percent of total students passed the examination. However only 33% students passed the examinations from public schools.
More than 574,000 students had taken the SLC examinations held in April 2015. Among them around 370 students took this year’s SLC from Teach For Nepal fellows’ schools.
“In my first year of teaching not a single student passed the examination, but to see 50% students passed the SLC gives me a sense of achievement,” said Bijaya Mani Paudel, 2013 Teach For Nepal Alum who taught Science at Chandeshwori Ma Vi at Simle, Pyutar Lalitpur for two years. “For the first time in school’s history, 2 students passed in the first division,” he added.
Paudel said two years of the investment has come to a meaningful conclusion after 100% students passed in science – subject he taught - even when students failed in subjects not taught by TFN Fellows.
Paudel represents the first cohort of Teach For Nepal fellows who were placed at 15 different schools in Lalitpur district in the year 2013 when Teach For Nepal was launched.
“I am thrilled to learn that all of the students passed in English,” said Prajwal Khadka, 2013 Teach For Nepal Alum who taught English at Narayani Higher Secondary School at Gimdi, Lalitpur. This year 87% students passed the SLC from the school, compared to only 36% last year.
“We are proud of the result our students and fellows have achieved,”” said Shisir Khanal, CEO of Teach For Nepal. This results validates Teach For Nepal’s model, which recruits outstanding university graduates and places them in public schools as full time teacher,” he added.
In Teach For Nepal Fellow’s schools not only the pass percentage improved but also the students securing distinction and first division has significantly increased. In the schools Fellows teach, only 82 students had secured distinction or first division last year. This number has increased to 150 this year.
With an objective of strengthening quality of public schools and ending the education inequity in Nepal, 86 Fellows are currently teaching in 32 schools across Lalitpur and Sindupalchowk and Dhanusha districts reaching to about 6000 students.
Teach for Nepal (TFN) is a movement of outstanding university graduates and young professionals who are committed to end education inequity in Nepal starting with two years of fellowship teaching in public schools. The fellowship is highly competitive, challenging, and rewarding leadership development program, which prepares the participants to become lifelong leaders.
Teach For Nepal fellowship is a two year long, full-time paid employment opportunity. During the two years, Fellows teach in public schools and bring about academic achievement and transformative impact in their students. At the same time, they harness their leadership skills through the teaching experience and intensive development training and support.
Teach For Nepal Fellows come from diverse academic background. They have completed minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Work, and Science & Technology from colleges and universities in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.