For the third consecutive year the result of the Class XII exam conducted by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has invited controversy. Questions have started being raised at the conduct of the BSEB after Kalpana Kumari of YKJM College, Sheohar was declared topper in the science stream. It is the same girl who stood first in the NEET 2018 result declared a couple of days earlier.
The questions are not raised at the merit of the girl but suspicion have been made how could she appeared in the Class XII class from Sheohar even as she was a classroom student of a premier medical coaching institute in Delhi for the last two years. Her photograph was published by the institute in the newspapers and she herself admitted that she was its student of two years integrated course and lives in Delhi.
Another interesting aspect is that she did her Class X from Navodaya Vidyalaya which is CBSE listed but surprisingly jumped to Bihar School Board.
The BSEB earned very bad name during two previous years when the toppers of the examination became butt of joke. In 2016 it was a girl Ruby Rai who did not know about her subjects in which she had topped.
Later on after much humiliation the BSEB conducted special test of its toppers and none of them could even answer to questions asked by the experts at the exclusive test. All of them were declared as fail and the honour was withdrawn. Later on in 2017 it was Ganesh Kumar who had music as a subject but knew nothing about music.
The questions was asked if Kalpana was studying at the medical coaching institute in Delhi, how come she was studying in YKJM College at Sheohar, a north Bihar district, at the same time.
When asked, Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma tried to evade question. He was all praise for the girl and said it was a matter of pride for Bihar that its girl topped in exam and also emerged topper in NEET.
About the attendance in school for appearing in exam, the Minister was not sure how much percentage was required but added that Board must have satisfied itself before allowing her to appear in exam.