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Bihar students protest after exam result 'shock'.

Bihar 'topper' Ganesh Kumar speaks to reporters. He was arrested on Friday and charged with committing forgery.


Hundreds of Class 12 students in Bihar who failed in their exams continued their protest for the fourth day in Patna yesterday demanding re-checking of their answer sheets and action against top officials, police said. More than 800,000 of the over 1.2mn students who appeared for the Class 12 exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), failed this year. The results were declared on Tuesday. The angry students, led by the left-wing student organization AISA, staged a protest outside the Bihar Inter Council office and reportedly damaged the windows of a bus besides blocking roads and throwing stones at the police, officials said. "We want re-examination for all and action against the BSEB chairman," a protesting student said. The police resorted to baton-charge to disperse the protesters but failed as the slogan shouting students returned outside the Council office and continued their protest despite the scorching heat. "Hundreds of students protested for the fourth day and raised slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishore over the poor results," a police official said. Similar protests also took place in Vaishali district. In a repeat of last year's events, 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. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj, who interrogated Ganesh after he was produced in a court yesterday, told media he confessed that he had fudged his age to appear in the examination. The chief minister has promised that the failed students can apply online for re-evaluation or verification of their answer sheets and these results will be out within a month. He also promised the BSEB will hold compartmental exams soon. The pass percentage of 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, after the authorities implemented strict measures against cheating. Last year, the total pass percentage was 62.19%. It stood at 87.45% in 2015, 88.04% in 2013 and 90.74% in 2012. A senior BSEB official said the drastic fall in pass percentage vindicated their strict efforts to conduct cheating-free examinations.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Date:Jun 3, 2017
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