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Cabinet asks BCSEA board to review decision

… board meeting likely to happen tomorrow

Examination: There is a possibility of re-examination of the leaked Class XII English II paper with the Cabinet asking the Bhutan Council for School Education Assessment (BCSEA) board to review its decision yesterday afternoon.

The cabinet after its weekly meeting yesterday afternoon sent a letter to the BCSEA secretariat, the secretary of which is also the member secretary of its board.

In the letter, the Cabinet requested BCSEA board to review the recent decision on Class XII English II paper.

BCSEA secretary Kinga Dakpa said the board would meet at the earliest to review the earlier decision as desired by the Cabinet. The meeting could happen tomorrow.

“Re-examination of the paper is on the agenda of the board meeting among other options,” he said.

The chairman of the BCSEA board, Education Minister Mingbo Dukpa, said, “All possible options would be explored during the meeting.”

The Council had tabled four options for the board to deliberate on when five of the six members met to decide on January 4.

The options were besides doing nothing – validating English marks based on English I marks, identifying candidates who got the leaked question paper or re-examination of the paper.

BCSEA board on Sunday decided not to re-conduct the examination citing several reasons, including cost, logistics and hassle to students. It decided to validate English II marks based on what students scored in English I.

The option was the best one they had given the limited time factor, financial implications, and series of hassles and logistical problems of conducting the re-examination, officials said.

Redoing the examination would cost the government at least Nu 4M or a maximum of Nu 10.942M for printing question papers, transportation, and allowances to teachers deployed for conducting the examination and marking the paper, among others.

The decision further allowed all planned programmes to continue without problems.

But parents, students, parliamentarians, and teachers poured their disapprovals online.

While students said it was unfair to award the English I marks for the second paper especially because the second paper was easier last year, their parents thought the future of their children were at stake.

Villagers even raised the issue of not redoing the examination as unfair with the National Council members who visited the Kazhi in Wangduephodrang yesterday.

They complained that the culprit who leaked the paper be brought to justice.

Bardo-Trong MP Lekey Dorji tweeted, “Besides the talk of re-exams, I’m interested in how the paper leaked, who and how is the culprit made accountable.”

“Other alternatives could have been the allocation of Eng-II mark based on their mid-term, trial exams and tests and other assessments,” another person said.

Kinga Dakpa also said the Council was conducting an investigation in to who and how the paper was leaked, the culprit would be dealt with the relevant laws.

By Tshering Palden

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3 comments

  1. Mr. Bottleneck sorry to be one the other side of the field but I think that what the BCSEA had decided was not logical. Yes they made a decision but are we so blind to just follow it without giving a second thought and without consenting with the majority of the students who it seems is not happy with the decision that they have made. It’s the future of the student and howcome we compromise the lives of thousands of bhutanese youths by just stating that we should respect the decision of the board because it may lack it’s crdibility in the near future. BCSEA may have their autonomous decision but it should be in the interest and benefit of the students and public at large. The mandate of BCSEA could be to conduct a fair examination whatever the condition. So that’s what all of the students and their parents want.

  2. Well, it wasn’t necessary for the cabinet to intervene. The BCSEA board members should have the wisdom to decide on having reexamination instead of making silly decision to award the same markes for English paper I and II. Now, I actually fail to understand why we have two English papers if the skills taught are same. What did the Education Minister tell in the cabinet meeting? What will he tell to the board members now? He might be confused. Please, lead the education ministry in the right path. Make wise and sensible decisions.

  3. Come on your Highness Cabinet, let the Board have that full authority to decide please. If you interfere now, there wont be any confidence in the future, in any committees/Boards, to make a decision.

    The main reason, for forming the Board, is to have their autonomous decision. IF, decision made, are to be made only to the point to make you Happy, I am afraid that, our decision makers will not come with good ideas.

    Your Role played on this “decision” made by the BCSEA, for me is very cheap and seems like your elbow is disturbing the fight between mouth and hand.

    Give the full responsibility to the BCSEA Please AND don’t ever try to think of reprimanding the BCSEA guys for this decision they have made.

    “The views above are my layman’s views, and shall not harm any one no intended to criticize. It should not lead to any action”

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