Bihar students qualify JEE, but flunk board exam

Strange scenario

Bihar students qualify JEE, but flunk board exam

A student from Bihar who cleared JEE (Mains) and has appeared for JEE (Advanced) in pursuit of a dream seat at a premier engineering institute in the country finds himself in a strange situation.

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has awarded Anuj Kumar just six marks in physics and six in Chemistry in the Class XII board exams.

Anuj’s is not an isolated case. Another student Ravi, who scored 105 in JEE (Mains), has been given three marks in Physics, six in Chemistry and 50 in Maths. Sanjeev, who scored 150 in JEE (Mains), was shocked to know that he had secured only two marks in Physics.

These students, who appeared for the Bihar Intermediate (also called Class XII) exams, were seething with rage over the callous attitude of BSEB officials. Along with nearly 500 other students, they staged a protest outside the BSEB office here.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hurriedly convened a meeting with Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and other senior officials.

Nitish gave marching orders to Education Secretary Jitendra Srivastava and replaced him with another IAS officer Robert L Chongthu.

The state government ordered the BSEB to seek applications for scrutiny of marks by aggrieved students from June 3 to June 12. Students who still fail in one or two subjects can appear for the compartmental examination in the first week of July.

“I have taken it as a challenge to improve the education system,” said Nitish, who sought a detailed roadmap to revamp secondary and higher secondary education system in the state after the BSEB results showed that around 65% students could not clear their intermediate examinations this year.

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