Education rot runs deep & wide – System collapse challenge for Nitish

Unsuccessful Intermediate students demonstrate in front of the BSEB office demanding re-evaluation of answer-papers. The students raised slogans against the chief minister, the education minister and BSEB officials. BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said students who had any doubts about their results could apply for scrutiny from June 3 to 12. Priority would be given to candidates who have cleared competitive examinations such as engineering but have performed poorly in their Intermediate, Kishor said. The scrutiny of papers for such candidates will be completed by June 30. Text by Roshan Kumar, picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked for an action plan to improve the standard of education in Bihar but academicians say the rot that has set in over the decades first needs to be reversed if any change has to be brought in.

The Bihar State Examination Board (BSEB), under fire last year over the toppers’ scam, took a series of steps to crack down on use of unfair means: it cancelled the affiliation of 200 ambiguous institutions churning out “first divisions” for years in the Intermediate exams; tightened security at exam centres by carrying out intensive frisking of examinees; banned mobile phones in the test centres and made it mandatory for DMs and SPs to send a daily report apart from introducing the coding system to ensure nobody knows where the answer sheets have gone for evaluation.

One of the impacts of these measures is that the percentage of students who passed plummeted from about 90 in 2016


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