In a massive relief to the parents and their wards,Bihar School Examination Board has declared 3.5 lakh examiness of tenth and 12th standard examinations conducted by Board in February-March this year.They had failed in one or two subjects.Their results were declared in March(for 12th) and M<ay 26 for matriculation examinations.
Education Minister,Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma said the one-time exemption has been given in view of the Covid 19 pandemic .During the ongoing Corona crisis and lockdown,compartmental examinations are not possible,minister said.Even if examinations are conducted in October,results may come in December,leaving no scope for the students for their admission in institutes of higher education.Their academic session could have been destroyed,Verma said while defending the decision of the board.
He said BSEB proposal to grant grace marks and declare these examinees successful was discussed at a meeting held by the additional chief secretary,R K Mahajan and Board chairman,Anand Kishore.Decision to dec.lare the failed students successl was taken as a ;policy decision by the government
The one time exemption will benefit 2.8 lakh matriculation examinees and 1.32 lakh intermediate examinees.
Over 12 lakh examinees had appeared in the two examinations held before the lockdown started in March,
Academicians associated with the conduct of examinations in bihar said the decision was aimed more as ;political convenience in view of the coming assembly elections.Those getting huge relief may be wooed by the ruling parties in the elections.
Bihar School Examination Board had been in the news in 2016 when the five toppers of the Intermediate examinations were arrested and sent to jail on charges of impersonation and fabricating the documents.Inter topper,Ruby Rai had described political science as Prodigal science.Bihar police had set up SIT and arrested three centre superintendents,two officials of the Board and director of a Vaishali based inter college from where most of the toppers came.
In 1967,Bihar government under under the SVD government had introduced the Pass without English class as the then education minister,Karpoori Thakur implemented the anti-English movement of Ram Manohar Lohiya.