September 22, 2020

Fracas over Inter results

Patna: The clamour over the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Intermediate results shows no signs of abating.

On Saturday, protests erupted across the state, as failed students blocked roads and clashed with police in many districts, accusing the board of serious discrepancies and demanded re-evaluation of copies, saying the year after year malpractices are destroying their careers. Nearly 1,000 students and their parents from Hajipur, Vaishali, Nalanda and Chhapra blocked roads near the BSEB headquarters in Patna and clashed with the police.

Denying the charge, BSEB chairman Anand Kishor told TV channels: “The news that surfaced is considerably exaggerated. The copies were evaluated in a fair and transparent manner but acknowledging the interest of the students, the board will ensure timely redress of their grievances.”

IIT, Neet success but…

Aman Kumar of RSDSYC College Munger qualified the Neet 2018 exam with 82/180 marks in physics, 113/360 in biology and 38/180 in chemistry and got 77 percentile in the exam in the Scheduled Caste category. But ironically, he failed in the Bihar board Class XII exam with 5, 6 and zero marks in the theory papers of physics, biology and chemistry, respectively.

Rajan Kumar from SN Sahay College, Muzaffarpur, qualified for the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) conducted by the CBSE and got 4,000th rank but failed to clear the Bihar board Class XII examination. He got only 4 marks in chemistry. ” I was confident about clearing the IIT (Advanced) exam too but it is impossible to take admission in IIT without passing Intermediate,” said Rajan Kumar.

The Telegraph tried to contact the BSEB chairman twice but in futile. But he told TV channels that the grievances of IIT aspirants who failed in the Inter examination would be resolved on a priority basis.

Score more than total

Sandeep Raj from SRAP College in Barachakiya, East Champaran, scored 68 marks out of 50 marks in English theory paper. Mukesh Kumar from Ram Krishna Dwarika College, Patna, scored 52 out of 50 marks in mathematics theory paper. Banti Nayan from DN Singh College, Bhusia Rajaun, Banka, scored 53 out of 50 marks in mathematics theory paper. “Is this a joke or is there a serious problem in the totalling of marks?” said Mukesh, while others echoed him.

Website crash

While the chairman iterated fairness in the board’s functioning, the BSEB website was not found working till 5pm on Saturday. “The board claims technological turnaround in its functioning but as soon as the discrepancies came out, the website stopped working,” said a member of Bihar Secondary School Teacher’s Association (BSSTA).

Attendance row

BSSTA has raised objections over the clarification issued by BSEB, which says that there is no provision for minimum attendance of students appearing in the board exams. Abhishek Kumar, spokesperson of the association, said: “We have given a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar, requesting the government to clear its stand on the issue.”

CP Thakur barb

Senior BJP leader C.P. Thakur on Saturday chided the BSEB, saying: “Year after year, the board is found surrounded by the controversy. Therefore, its functioning must be improved.

“These unfortunate incidents highlight that the education system in Bihar is not on the right track.” “We demand re-examination or re-evaluation of copies so that the students do not suffer more, said Thakur. He also said: “Honest officers should be appointed in the board.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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