SLC questions to be printed in India; JEMS smells rat

KATHMANDU, FEB 14 - Despite the import of hi-tech Japanese printing machines four months ago by the Examination Controller Office, this year’s School Leaving Certificate (SLC) question papers will be printed in India.

The printing machine imported with Rs. 13 million financial assistance of Asian Development Bank and Denmark is kept at Janak Education Material Centre (JEMC).

Printing of SLC question papers is not taking place at home, said Managing Director of JEMC Birendra Kumar Das.

Following the Education Ministry’s decision to allow JEMC to print question papers of SLC exam starting from March 25-April 2 we had made necessary preparations but the decision has been averted, Das said.

“Sixty employees were specially trained and necessary preparation for maintaining secrecy was complete. But our investment is going in vain now,” he said. 

JEMC officials have suspected foul play over the move to print question papers in India spending more money despite the possibility of economical printing at home. 

According to the exam control office, SLC questions were sent to India in Nov. for printing. Around 425,000 students are sitting for this year’s SLC exam.