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ERIC Number: EJ1103130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
The "Iron Gate": High-Stakes Assessment at Age 16 in Nepal and England
Davies, Dan
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v46 n4 p582-602 2016
In Nepal, the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) assessment taken by 16-year-olds at the end of Grade 10 of formal schooling performs a similar function to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination in England in that it summarises individual, school, district and national achievement and acts as a filtering mechanism to the final stage of schooling and, ultimately, higher education and the jobs market. Both the SLC and GCSE examinations have come under criticism in recent years, with some comparable issues arising, for example: (1) differences in success rates between pupils in different socioeconomic circumstances, types of school, genders and ethnic groups; (2) the role of teacher-assessed coursework and associated accusations of bias; and (3) the extent to which examination questions test recall, comprehension or application. Based upon interviews with students, teachers, academics and senior civil servants in Nepal, this paper draws comparisons between the two systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nepal; United Kingdom (England)
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