Hundreds of students took to the streets across Bihar on Wednesday to protest the poor show in the Intermediate exam results of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). At least 64%, of the 12.4 lakh students who appeared, failed their exams.
On Tuesday, the BSEB declared the Intermediate exams 2017 results. While in the Science stream, 30.11% students passed, 37.13% cleared the exams in the Arts stream, and 73.76% passed in the Commerce stream. A total of 7.94 lakh students failed to clear the exam.
Angry over the results, the students went on a rampage outside the Bihar Intermediate Education Council (BIEC) office in Patna, and tried to break open its gates. They burnt an effigy of Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, pelted stones on police, and raised slogans against the state government and exam board.
Police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse the students and control the situation. While some students sustained injuries, few were taken into custody by the police. A number of student organisations of different political outfits also supported the students, and staged dharna in the state capital.
Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, after a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the issue on Wednesday, appealed to the students, to not indulge in violence, and prepare for compartmental exams.
This year’s results have been the worst in the last five years and Board officials attribute the “poor results” to the strict measures put in place to scrutinise the use of unfair means in exams, and the evaluation process. The students are demanding a re-evaluation of the answer sheets. “There were reports that answer copies have been checked by middle school teachers because senior teachers were on strike. How can you expect them to evaluate correctly?” a protesting student said.