After a Class 12 topper said political science made them learn cooking, Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to re-evaluate the toppers’ answer sheets to ascertain whether they were as studious as they claimed to be.
Bihar education minister Ashok Choudhary said the guilty evaluators and invigilators would be pulled up. “Those responsible will be punished. We have been able to curb cheating to a large extent, but we must tighten screws further,” he added.
The board took this decision after arts topper Ruby Ray called political science ‘prodigal science’ in a video, which went viral. She scored 91 out of 100 in political science.
Science topper Saurav Shreshtha, however, also could not answer even the basic questions. He had no idea about sodium and electrons and said that aluminium was an active metal.
BSEB chairperson Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said it has come as a surprise about the mental faculty of our ‘toppers’.
The 14 toppers from arts, science and commerce streams will have to re-appear for the annual examination again on 3 June. This apart, the board would also conduct a one-on-one interview and a small written test. An action would be taken against them if they fail, he added, according to TOI.
BJP’s leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, “Though cheating in Class 12 examinations was curbed to a large extent, interchange of exam papers and such ‘toppers’ tell the actual story of Bihar’s education system.”