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Nitish assures action in class 12 topper scam, teachers at over 600 schools to face the axe

Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh had earlier disclosed that no student had passed the class 12 exam across 654 schools in the state.
India TV Politics Desk Patna June 05, 2017 18:55 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Amid the ongoing furore over another scam involving class 12 toppers of the examination conducted by the state education board, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that strict action will be taken against teachers of schools where no student managed to pass the exam.

Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh had earlier disclosed that no student had passed the class 12 exam across 654 schools in the state.

"Teachers of all such schools will be dismissed within 15 days," the Chief Minister told reporters after his weekly Lok Samvad programme.

Kumar said that a probe into the matter is underway and that action against officials will be initiated once the report is tabled. 

"We have already taken action against those guilty and no one will be spared. After the probe, officials from the Block Education Officer (BEO) to District Education Officer (DEO), school teachers and others will be punished for not fulfilling their duty," he said.

"Thos karwai hogi sabhi ke khilaf jo jimmedar hain (tough action will be taken against all those responsible), yeh sab mahaa-manthan ke baaad jaldi hoga (this will be done after discussions)," he added.

Admitting to irregularities at the home centres for the class 12 exams, Kumar said that some people have been indulging in acts that are damaging Bihar's image.

"Bihar ki chawi Bihar ke hi kuch log badnam karne ki koshish kar rahein hain (some people of Bihar are attempting to damage Bihar's image.) Lagatar apne rajya ki chawi ko bigadne mein lage hue hai (they are repeatedly trying to damage the state's image)," he said.

He said that the government has succeeded in conducting cheating-free exams this year and managed to improve the education and examination system in the state.

"But some people have managed to damage our effort... It is a challenge for us," he added.

Kumar further said that he had ordered an FIR be filed soon after he was informed about this year's Class 12 Arts topper Ganesh Kumar, who fudged his age to appear in the exams.

The Chief Minister said he has asked top officials to prepare a detailed action plan for Class 10 and Class 12 in a bid to improve the education system.

Ganesh Kumar, a student of RNSJN Utkraamit Madhya Vidhyalaya in Samastipur district, was arrested on Friday evening and later sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

He was declared the topper of Class 12 Arts stream securing 82.6 per cent, but he stumbled over queries posed by the media on music in which he scored 65 out of 70 in practicals.

BSEB chairman Anand Kishore on Friday said Ganesh Kumar is 42-years-old and a father of two. The BSEB lodged an FIR against him after finding that he declared his age as 24 in the registration form to appear in the exams.

The BSEB has also served Ganesh Kumar a showcause notice, asking him to explain his stand in three days.

Ganesh Kumar passed Class 10 in 1990 from CRSR High School in Giridih, Jharkhand. He had then mentioned his age as 07-11-1975, and written his name as Ganesh Ram, son of Shankar Nath Ram.

In 2015, he fudged his age in order to take the Class 10 exam again in Samastipur. He changed his name from Ganesh Ram to Ganesh Kumar and gave his date of birth as 02-06-1993.

With IANS Inputs