Nepal's School Leaving Certificate results showed a poor performance of investment in education, with the public schools posting less than 30 percent pass rate, Teach for Nepal Fellows Schools had some achievement to highlight.
Seventy three percentstudents from Teach For Nepal’s inaugural cohort 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.
A press release issued by Sweta Baniya of Teach for Nepal noted that the results published by the Examination Controller's Office, Sanothimi, had 47. 3 percent of total students passing the examination overall, while only 33% students of public schools had passed the exams.
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 passing the SLC now 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 the school’s history, two 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 results 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 teachers,” 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.