For arts stream topper in Bihar board’s XII grade exam, political science has something to do with - cooking - and pronounces it as ‘prodigal’ science, a subject for which she had secured 91/100!
After the video went viral, the Bihar government has ordered re-evaluation of papers of 14 toppers of science, commerce and arts stream on June 3. The state education minister has ordered a probe and results of the toppers have been ordered to be withheld until the inquiry is over.
Arts topper, Ruby, had secured 444/500 and her ignorance about subjects she topped, was not a lone case.
The science stream topper, Saurabh, who had secured 485/500 couldn’t even answer basic questions regarding his subject.
Indian Today reported that Saurabh’s neighbours claimed that had failed in the class XII CBSE exam he had taken the previous year.
The question is how did students who don’t know basics of their subjects top the exam?
Education Minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary hinted that educational mafia may be behind this. Officials will be going through CCTV footage from the examination centres to check whether dummy candidates wrote the exam for the students. But this is not the first time that exams have become controversial in Bihar.
In 2015, photos of friends and family members climbing the wall of a school in Bihar to hand over answer chits during an examination had gone viral.
The Bihar government has been trying hard to shed the image and had promised to conduct a free and fair examination this year.
Five years back, the Bihar education board had put up answer sheets of toppers online after a similar controversy.
In the intermediate exam of 2015 in Bihar, institutions having NAAC-grading for their excellence, had performed badly while many from interior Bihar performed well.
Interestingly this year’s toppers, Ruby and Saurabh are from the same college – VN Rai College, Hajipur in Vaishali district. In the past also, there were cases in Bihar of toppers being from the same institution.
But, does the government have a role to play in this?
Bihar government pays institutions Rs 4000 for every candidate who gets first division and also gives money if their students secure second and third division. Many feel this well intended policy is in turn encouraging mass cheating in examinations.
Given the history, one can say that Bihar has done it again!