In Bihar, hundreds of Class 12 students, who have failed in their board exams continue to protest for the fourth day in Patna on Saturday demanding re-checking of their answer sheets and action against top officials. Out of 12 lakh students who appeared for Class 12 exam conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), more than 8 lakh failed to clear the exam.
The results were declared on Tuesday. Significantly, percentage of passed students of Science, Arts and Commerce streams was 35.24 % this year as only 4,47,115 students passed of the total 12,40,168 students who appeared in the exams, after the authorities implemented strict measures against cheating.
Hundreds of angry students staged a protest outside the Bihar Inter-Council office. The students were led by CPI-ML student wing AISA, said reports. Besides blocking roads and pelting stones, the students also allegedly damaged the windows of a bus, said the police officials.
“We want re-examination for all and action against the BSEB chairman,” demanded a protesting student.
To subdue the violence, the police resorted to baton-charge on the protestors. However, the students continued to protest outside the Council.
“Hundreds of students protested for the fourth day and raised slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishore over the poor results,” a police official said.
Similar protests were observed in Vaishali district on Saturday.
Notably, the BSEB on Friday cancelled the result of Class 12 topper in the Arts stream Ganesh Kumar and arrested him for committing forgery among other charges. According to Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj, who interrogated Ganesh said that he confessed that he fudged his age to appear in the examination.
To student’s relief, CM of Bihar Nitish Kumar has assured that failed students may apply for re-evaluation or verification of their answer scripts. The results will be out withing a month; compartmental examinations are also promised to the students.