It is an universal grouse that bad exam results are the fault of examiners. But while most parents fail to appreciate this, exceptions occur, and with it, a hope of redress.
Take the case of Poonam Kumari and Prabhat Kumar.
When they failed the Class XII state board exams for the second time in a row, their father, Jharkhand HRD minister Baidyanath Ram, publicly blamed Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) chairperson Lakshmi Singh.
The council conducts the matriculation and intermediate examinations in the state.
“I have information that copies of my children were re-checked deliberately three times by different evaluators only to restrain them from passing the examination," the minister told HT three days after the results were declared. “This may have been done at the direction of JAC chairperson."
Ram said he was collecting concrete evidence on the issue.
The results available on the JAC website say Poonam secured 240 marks out of 500 and Prabhat secured 183. Neither could clear the mandatory English language paper.
The two commerce students from Doranda College have now applied for scrutiny of their papers. “I talked to my children and they are confident of their results,” Ram said. “Though I believe in talent and not in certificates, children’s career should not be put at stake because of the differences between me and her.”
The said differences between Ram and the JAC chief have been persisting for a year.
Ram had been consistently drawing attention to the falling standard of education in the state – all of which is apparently the fault of the JAC chief. He has even asked the chief minister for her removal, blaming her for the declining performance of council and the students.
Rubbishing the allegations, Singh said, “We can never do this. If he (Ram) has evidence, he must submit it."