Class XII students of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), who failed to clear their exams continue to protest a week after their results. The protesting students demand that their papers be re-checked and action be taken against top officials of the board. Only 64 percent of the students of the Bihar board exams failed this year. Most of the students who failed in the board exams were from the arts and science streams. The results of the board exams were released last week, according to the Indian Express.
The student’s protest was lead by All India Student’s Federation, the student wing of CPI. The protests were held outside the office of the Bihar inter-Council. The agitating students tried to march towards the official residence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but were stopped by the police before they could reach the CM’s house in Patna’s high-security zone, according to the Indian Express.
A police official told the Indian Express that the students raised slogans against Chief Minister Kumar, Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishore. The protesting students also demanded re-examination and action against the BSEB chairman. The police arrested close to a dozen protesting students after the students clashed with the policemen. The police had to resort to baton-charge to disperse the agitating students but were unable to, as per an Indian Express report.
12,40,168 students appeared in the BSEB Class XII exams, of these students only 4,37,115 managed to pass. Ganesh Kumar, the topper of the board in the arts stream was arrested for forgery. Ganesh was unable to answer simple questions from his syllabus, this was quite reminecent to Ruby Rai, last year’s topper, who was also unable to answer simple questions from her course, according to the Indian Express.
CM Nitish Kumar, on Monday, had assured the failed students that they could apply for verification of their mark sheets or re-evaluation. He assured the students that the results of the reevaluation will be out in a month. BSEB will soon hold compartmental exams, according to the Indian Express.