Matt Rodda, MP of Reading East, has appreciated the achievements of Nepalese students in their GCSE this year. MP Rodda was speakingas chief guest at a programme organised by Nepalese Highly Skilled Migrant Forum Reading to honour the Nepalese community students completing their GCSE this year at the Warehouse, Cumberland Road in Reading on Sunday.
Nepalese students performed well in their GCSE this year from different schools of Reading including Bulmershe, Reading Girls, Forest, Prospect and others. A sample of Bulmershe school in Reading showed Nepalese students were nearly 10 % ahead of the average national level GCSE grade this year with 71.3 % achieving A*-C in the GCSE. This was a remarkable progress of the students, who have a very short history of migration to the UK and are very new to the UK education system.
The sample data of the students achievement shows, percentage of achieving A*- has been increasing, while the percentage of lower level D-G grade has decreased drastically in the last few years. A large number of students of the community have enrolled in renowned Universities for higher education in different subjects including the skills shortage areas like medicine, engineering, IT, science,teaching among others is also the evidence of the improvement.
MP Rodda said he was very pleased with the remarkable progress made by the Nepalese community students even in a short period of time in the UK education system, and congratulated the students, parents and the whole community.
After being elected to the parliament in May this year, he said his focus is mainly on three issues facing our constituency and the country: affordable housing, stop the cuts of Conservative government and fight for more funding to schools and national health services (NHS). He said Labour government gave priority to the education so increased the funding to the schools during the labour government from 1997 to 2010, while the Conservatives have cut the school budget and there are less teachers and less funding to the school.
On behalf of parents, Mr Narayan Somai and Mrs Bhagawati Khanal shared their experiences on how to help children to do well in their studies in an effective and responsible manner. We should create an environment of education so they learn themselves without pressurising them, they said.
Student Ayush Shrestha, shedding light on the new curriculum and new marking criteria which made difficult for students to get higher grade this year, unveiledhis GCSE exam preparation tips to achieve better results.
Coordinator of the GCSE Appreciation programme of the HSMP Forum Chiranjibi Paudyal, presenting sample data of Nepalese students’ performance of Bulmershe school , said that the GCSE results was improving each and every year because of a number of factors including improvement in quality teaching and giving priority to education by Nepalese parents.
MP Rodda presented token of love to the GCSE students, HSMP Forum Coordinator Dr Nabin Acharya gave away certificates while Sadiksha Giri, who was one of the top three students of Bulmershe school with 10 A* and one A in GCSE, distributed Nepali flags to the students.
More than 30 students completed the GCSE from different school this year. Students, parents and community leaders were present at the programme held under the chairmanship of Bulmershe school student Sadiksha Giri, who was honoured for her excellent achievement in GCSE and inspire the younger generation.
HSMP Forum member Ramesh Kayasth conducted the programme, while co-ordinator of HSMP Forum Reading Dr Acharya extended vote of thanks to the guests and the participants before the conclusion of the programme. The Forum has been organising such programme for the last 7 years with a view to appreciating and celebrating the achievement of students and encouraging them for higher studies and making contributions to community and the country.
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