Thirty students out of 31, who figure in the top-10 rank list of the matriculation examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), belong to the same school!
This outstanding result was the main highlight of the matriculation examination result which was declared here Saturday.
The result showed 30 students of Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya in Jamui district of south eastern Bihar figure in the top-10 list, with several examinees having scored the same number of aggregate marks to make it to the elite list.
The lone 'outsider' in the list, Sonaliza, secured seventh rank and is from a school in Vaishali district of north Bihar.
This is the same examination, which had attracted global attention after an image published in HT, showing parents and relatives scaling the walls of a five-storey examination centre in Vaishali to pass chits to their wards for cheating, had gone viral.
Declaring the examination results on Saturday, BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and secretary Sri Nivas Chandra Tiwary said the answer sheets of the examination had been evaluated in a fair way.
“The Simultala Awasiya Vidayalaya, Jamui, was established as a model school and the evaluation of its students' copies was done at the BSEB office itself,” said the two board officials.
Around 14.09 lakh students, including 7.61 lakh boys and 6.47 lakh girls, had appeared in the BSEB matriculation examination this year. The pass percentage of students this year was 75.17%, while 24.61% students failed. Around 21.45% of the students passed with first division, whereas 40.01% students passed with second division.
While it produced the maximum number of toppers, thanks to the Simultala school, the Jamui district itself secured the fifth position in overall pass percentage of students among all districts.
Around 91.15% of students from Jamui passed the examination. Nawada district had the highest overall pass percentage at 94.58%, while that of Sheikhpura and Arwal had the second and third highest pass percentage at 93.92% and 92.67%, respectively. At 56.90%, Muzafffarpur had the lowest pass percentage.
Girls from Gaya had the best pass percentage at 93.83%, followed by girls from Jamui. The pass percentage of the girls from Sheikhpura stood at 93.2% and 92.37%, respectively.
Boys from Sheikhpura performed better than other districts and secured a pass percentrage of 95.17%, followed by Nawada at 95.16% and Arwal at 94.86%.
The results of 208 students (0.01%) remained pending.
While it happened, visuals of family and friends helping examinees cheat had sullied the examination this year. An admission by education minister PK Shahi, that ensuring free and fair examinations was not an easy task, had drawn a strong reaction from a division bench of Patna high court.
The bench comprising chief justice L Narsimha Reddy and justice Vikash Jain, had termed the scenario as 'very, very unfortunate.' “It would not be difficult to imagine the standard of the students and their ability to compete in the world with this kind of examination…,” the bench had observed.
The controversy had also prompted RJD chief Lalu Prasad to comment publicly that open book examinations should be conducted to avoid mass cheating in the future.
Results at a glance
Appeared: 14,09,173 students (7,61,913 boys and 6,47,260 girls)
Absentees: 15,246 students
Expelled: 2,146 students
Passed: 10,59,346 students (75.17%)
Failed: 3,46,845 students (24.61%)
First division: 3,02,342 students (21.45%)
Second division: 5,63,871 students (40.01%)
Pending results: 208