SLCE starts from April 23 for Grade 12
The School Leaving Certificate Examinations (SLCE) for Grade 12, is scheduled to begin from April 23. This ends the 83 years old history of the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) that started from 1934.
Around 400,000 12th graders will be sitting for the SLCE exams this year, according to officials.
The eighth amendment to the Education Act has defined Grade 1-12 as school education. Earlier SLC exam at Grade 10 was taken as the end of school life.
With the introduction of the new system, more than 800,000 students who are currently in Grades 11 and 12 will end up sitting for end-of-school examinations twice in their lifetime.
The SLCE will be conducted in 990 exam centers and there are nearly 3,800 schools running Grades 11 and 12 in the country.
Students who cheat in the exams or those who help students cheat will face action including a fine of up to Rs 100,000 or six months imprisonment or both, according to the OCE.
According to the Act, Grade 8 exams are conducted at the district-level, Grade 10 exams at the region/province level and Grade 12 exams will be conducted by a national board.
According to the MoE, the letter grading system will be gradually enforced in school level exams from Grade 0 to 12. The system is being implemented in Grades 9 and 11 from this year.