Govt’s indecision will cause irreparable damage: DPT

English II: The opposition party says that the government’s decision to not reconduct Class XII English II examination is the case of national administration and governance failure.

“Having known about the leakage, the government has failed to act promptly and decisively. The most desirable and correct thing would have been to re-conduct the exam,” said Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s Dorji Wangdi. “But the indecision and undue delay has left the whole matter to become very complicated.”

According to the party’s communiqué, Class XII examination bears a huge implication on the career and lives of children as it is the real launching pad for their future. “The decision taken by the government will cause irreparable damage to the career and lives of numerous children as it will still not ensure any fairness and equity in English mark, which forms a critical subject for qualification to higher studies and grant of various coveted in-country and ex-country scholarships.”

Further, it says that the government’s stand that it would involve financial and logistic inconveniences to re-conduct the examinations reflects sheer disregard and insensitivity to the career and life of thousands of children. “While it is important to identify and mete out due punishment to the culprit who leaked the paper, it is more important that the government take full responsibility for this serious failure.”

Zangley Dukpa, MP from Khar-Yurung, said that if the government is really concerned about the problem, it will not be difficult to find solutions. “Had the government taken immediate actions upon knowing that there was leakage of English II paper, problems that we are now facing could have been solved.”

The authorities knew of the leakage of the English II paper on December 13 and had five days until schools closed on December 18 to take decisive action, said Zangley Dukpa. “What this indecisiveness on the part of the authorities concerned tells us is that they are not at all concerned. We are playing with the lives of more than 11,000 students.”

Thirty-seven days after the authorities knew of the leakage of English II paper, there are arguments from different quarters that if English II exam is conducted again it might delay result declaration and pose problem of admission in the colleges. But this argument, said Dorji Wangdi, has no basis. “Most of the colleges, both inside and outside the country open only in July or August. Therefore, the most correct thing would be to redo the exam.”

Khandu Wangchuk, MP from Lamgong-Wangchang, said it is not true that students might not make it to the exam centres if English II exam is conducted again. “All the students are waiting in confusion. Because of the pain that this incident has caused and will continue to cause to thousands of students, we have to ensure that such things do not occur in the future.”

Opposition Leader (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said that redoing the exam is probably the least of all the ills. “It is still the best option. In spite of cost and difficulties and hardships, children and parents will still consider it worthwhile to do the exam again…The implication on their [students’] career, prospects and future is beyond comprehension.”

By Jigme Wangchuk 

2 replies
  1. yd232
    yd232 says:

    Why is our opposition against the government’s decision if it genuinely feels that the subject of the problem here is really those 11,000 students. What I feel from their stand is that they are actually after the government’s decision. Otherwise, the resulting consequences of any actions that can be chosen from this two edged possibilities have to be well accounted for on a research based analysis and made clear to the public.

    For instance, they are ‘leaving’ concerns relating to whether the students who have genuinely done well through honest practice be able to give in the same performance if reexamined? even if it is said that they will have time to prepare, if any, would they be in the right spirit still for preparation and importantly on the exam day? aren’t there risks resulting in those who had done well previously falling now and who had done badly significantly rising in a way that may be a fluctuation in results and unjust? it would be unfair surely. Students who felt that they had done well in the first one would then really complain that time, I feel. on the other hand, the opposition, through research, have to challenge the reasons cited by the government for their decision to not reaxamine, the important ones of which were that despite the leakage, things were not so widespread so as to negatively substantially impact on the results taken as a whole. Students would like to know a constructive response to this from the opposition, would not they?

    Either way, the two options ought to be weighed together and seen which of them would pose a lesser problem to students and their results. From a practical viewpoint I don’t think a leakage of few questions would really make a huge difference as the imprinted image would suggest even if the culprits had really prepared and done well in them, as two or three questions leaked seems unlikely to make any notable differences ( not suggesting to turn a blind eye on them). It could make some differences but the important thing to consider is whether the difference it makes outweighs the differences that can be made by the process of reexamining. Reexamining seems to me to be a clean way of dealing with the problem, but I realise that it is only so, when looked from the eyes of policy makers. What about the viewpoints of the students themselves, I as a student would hate the idea of being reexamined because of the stress associated with exams(haha). So as we see, there can be difficulties and consequences on both sides as an undesirable event will only create undesirable choices, rather the best can be done by choosing the best among the worst. Therefore, it would be appreciated if the opposition could present to us some clear details and if possible with statistics acquired through research as to which route they feel should be taken by the government; anyway, things seem to be rather late and not helpful in anyway to our students from the opposition coming days after the decision has been taken. Still that would be better and possibly helpful for our students for the sake of clearing their conscience, instead of making comments which are merely stirring an already muddy water further. Only my views la!

  2. joker
    joker says:

    This govt is always going for easy and cost-saving options. Now, it’s more than a month passed and the BCSEA has still not identified the culprit. Instead, the board is punishing some students who got the questions. If the culprit has not given, students would not have seen it. The students did not steal the questions. The questions were given to them. Any student would look at the questions if given to them. So, why to punish them and keep the culprit unpunished. If this culprit is not identified and no serious actions are taken, it is very likely that similar things will happen in the future.

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