The Secondary Education Examination
Class 10 completion is a huge milestone in Nepal as children have to pass the Secondary Education Exam (SEE) formerly known as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) national exam.
Known as the Iron Gate in Nepal, this exam determines their future ability to attend any school past eleventh grade or obtain a future degree. If the child is not able to pass the exam, they have to wait an entire year before taking it again.
If they fail the second time, they are not able to continue their education.
Because of this, there is so much pressure on children each year to pass so they can continue in school. 99% of our children have passed this exam on the first try, compared to the 25% pass rate for children in government schools in Nepal.
Each of our children completes a career plan in Class 10 and we work hard to help each child focus on further education and choose an appropriate eleventh to twelveth grade “college.” Once children start university or vocational school, we help find living situations. Sometimes we also help children find jobs and apartments.
Our goal is to see a child through to adulthood as a contributing citizen of Nepal.