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Abysmal results: Police cane students as they lay siege to Bihar exam board office in Patna

Students gherao Bihar State Examination Board office in Patna, demanding re-evaluation and that their answer books be shown to them. The overall pass percentage of Bihar board class 12 exams plummeted to 35.25 this year as compared to 62.19 in 2016.

cities Updated: May 31, 2017 19:47 IST
Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Bihar board exams,class 12 exams,BSEB
Policemen prevent students trying to force open the gate of the Bihar School Examination Board in Patna on Wednesday. (Abhishek Kumar/HT photo)

Many students were injured when police resorted to caning to quell a mob,which turned violent while staging a protest outside the Bihar school examination board (BSEB) here on Wednesday.

The students had gathered to protest the dismal results of class 12 examinations that were declared on Tuesday. They demanded re-evaluation and that their answer books be shown to them. Others also wanted to know the name of teachers who evaluated their answer books.

Out of the 12.40 lakh students, just 4.37 lakh or 35.25% managed to clear the board exam as against 62.19% in 2016, when 11.55 lakh students appeared.

Cops prevent protesting students from entering the Bihar School Examination Board office in Patna. ( Abhishek Kumar/HT photo )

Angry students laid siege to the BSEB office, as its employees locked themselves up. Traffic on the busy Budh Marg was thrown haywire, as student support swelled with some political parties like the Jan Adhikar Party also joining in. The students squatted at the main gate and were in no mood to budge, forcing the police to send reinforcement before resorting to caning thrice at brief intervals.

The student protest was not confined to Patna alone and spread to many other districts across the state.

Protesting students retaliate as police resort to caning in Patna. ( Abhishek Kumar/HT photo )

Many students were crestfallen because they had qualified the JEE (Mains) or other competitive exams, but failed the Bihar board exams.

Ravi Kumar, an unsuccessful candidate from Siwan, said: “I had qualified the JEE (Mains), but have lost the opportunity to make it to the IIT this year after having flunked in my intermediate exams. I secured 291 out of 500 marks, but failed in two subjects – English and Chemistry. How can I fail in chemistry. I want to see my answer book.”

Ompriya from Jamui was also upset. He had cracked the KL Marine entrance examination, but failed in chemistry in the Bihar board exams. “I got just 10 marks in theory and 24 in chemistry practical. I have lost my chance of joining marine engineering this year,” he said.

There were many others who were befuddled by their marks. Gulal Shah Praveen of Khagaul got just two marks in English. Puja Kumari from Kesaria got just 10 marks in chemistry theory, while Dolly Kumari got just two marks in Hindi.

A dejected girl cries outside the Bihar School Examination Board office in Patna. ( Abhishek Kumar/HT photo )

“Did I write nothing correct to deserve just two marks in Hindi? I apprehend that answer books may have got swapped due to barcoding, which was introduced this year,” said Puja.

There were scores of other students protesting after having secured single-digit marks in different subjects. “We want to see our answer books and also know who has evaluated them,” said Dimple Kumari.

“The board is for the students. We want justice and will fight till the end. The board cannot pat its own back by ruining our future,” she added.

The agitating students demanded that the BSEB officials hear their grievances, but none came out of the office.

First Published: May 31, 2017 19:47 IST