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Students protest gets violent, BSEB announces scrutiny, compartmental

cities Updated: Jun 01, 2017 16:36 IST

PATNA: In the face of violent protests over steep fall in pass percentage in intermediate (science and arts) and reports of suicide from some districts, which are fast taking political overtones, the Bihar school examination board on Wednesday decided on Wednesday to provide opportunities for scrutiny and compartmental examination to the aggrieved.

Board chairman Anand Kishor said students having any grievance could apply to the board for scrutiny form Thursday itself, while the compartmental examination would be conducted in July first week to give the students another opportunity to clear intermediate.

This year, instead of one subjects, the students would be allowed to take compartmental examination in two subjects in view of a large number of students failing.

The decision was taken soon after the results and the emerging situation was reviewed at the level of chief minister Nitish Kumar with education minister Ashok Choudhary and board chairman participating. The meeting discussed ways of improving secondary education through all possible means so that the students enjoy fair exams.

“Be it due to shortfall of quality teachers and difficulty in attracting good talents, especially in science, English and other key subjects on modest salary, or the larger issue of dealing with secondary education separately, everything was discussed and the CM wanted a clear road map with regard to students. He said the first purpose of education was to prepare the next generation and that should remain the focus,” said sources.

Last year also, after over four-lakh out of a total of 11.20-lakh examinees -32% students in science and 42% in arts – had failed due to tight conduct of exams, the board had decided to allow compartmental examination in just one subject in intermediate for the first time. But despite tight exam, the toppers’ scandal had surfaced to embarass the government.

This year the results fell further to an unprecedented level, as 70% students failed in intermediate (science), while another 63% failed in arts stream. Sensing the huge dissatisfaction among the students, the board has decided to allow compartmental exam in two subjects.

“We will publish the results of compartmental examination in July itself so that students are able to catch up with the new academic session without much delay,” he added.

With several candidates complaining of having qualified in competitive examinations, but failed in intermediate, Kishore said they could apply for scrutiny.

“We will address all such grievances on a priority basis. The numbers will be retotalled and if any answer remains unevaluated, marks will be given to them,” he added.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 16:19 IST