PATNA: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state president and Bankipore MLA Nitin Navin on Wednesday said CM Nitish Kumar should dismiss education minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary from his cabinet for the alleged large-scale mismanagement in Class XII results announced by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Tuesday.
“For the last two years, the secondary and intermediate examinations have been under cloud for one reason or the other. Instead of overall improvement, the situation has only worsened, bringing a bad name to the state once again,” Navin said, adding that the BJYM workers would blacken the faces of the CM and education minister as a mark of protest.
Referring to the meeting of Congress general secretary and in-charge of the party’s Bihar affairs C P Joshi and Choudhary with the CM on Wednesday, Navin said such meetings would not help the students. He said only 35% of the students who took the examinations were successful, while only 6% of them secured first division in science. “It is clear that the career of most of the students has been jeopardized,” he said.
Incidentally, when Navin and state BJP vice-president Dewesh Kumar were to address the media, around three dozen students, who had earlier been lathicharged by the police in front of the Intermediate Council building, entered the BJP headquarters shouting slogans against the CM and education minister.
The agitated students also demanded the BJP to take up their issue. Later, after the presser, BJYM workers blackened the portraits of the CM and education minister at Kargil Chowk. Dewesh said BJP would support the BJYM’s agitation against the state government.
Navin told media persons that BJYM workers on Wednesday organized protest demonstrations at the district headquarters, including at Patna, against deterioration in general education and teaching activities in the government schools of the state.
He demanded that the answer sheets of the examinees should be rechecked by experienced teachers and failed students should be allowed to take supplementary examinations free of cost. The state government should fill the vacant posts of schoolteachers. Apparently, inexperienced teachers were asked to check the answer sheets, he added.