3,79,377 students to appear for Nepal's SLC exam from today

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Kathmandu, Mar 17 (UNI) A total of 3,79,377 students will appear for the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) Exam, considered to be the iron gate for higher education in Nepal, from today.

The SLC is equivalent to the CBSE examination in India.

Of the total students, 3,19,532 are regular and 59,845 are exempted. In the regular category, 1,71,944 are boys and 1,47,588 are girls, according to the examination control office.

Similarly, in the exempted category 2,557 boys and 34,787 girls will appear for the exam.

In the private students category, a total of 5,873 regular and 1,510 exempted students will sit for the exams.

Deputy Controller Govinda Prasad Bhattarai said this year exams were going to be held two weeks ahead of the usual time, keeping in view the upcoming Constituent Assembly election on April 10.

Two foreign students of SAARC countries will also appear in the exam and they will be tested for Optional English instead of Compulsory Nepali, he said.

Meanwhile, for the first time in Nepal, 112 students from five development regions will take their exams under the open learning education programme, Mr Bhattarai informed.

There are a total of 1,299 exam centres across the country and as many as 12,990 security personnel were mobilised in 75 districts to conduct the exams.

Mr Bhattarai said there were a total of 29,611 students from Kathmandu district, the highest compared to the lowest number of 113 students from Mustang district.

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