Toppers at sea
The Bihar School Examition Control Board (BSECB) has got a problem with its class 12 toppers this year. It turns out that the Arts topper has not the foggiest notion about her subjects. To her, political science is ‘prodical science’ which gives knowledge about cooking. She secured 444 out of maximum 500 marks, but believes the total marks must have been 600. She dreams big though, hoping to join the IAS some day. As for the Science topper, he was all at sea when asked about electrons and active elements. After a local TV channel exposed their ‘knowledge’, red-faced officials stayed their results, deciding to examine them again with written test and interview. Meanwhile, evaluators have been ordered to re-check their answer scripts. The Bihar Education minister has warned of strict action against officials found guilty. The embarrassment of BSECB authority is understandable, as it has been basking in satisfaction at having conducted a ‘clean’ class 12 fils this year, using CCTV and prohibitory orders to prevent mass cheating. The fall in pass percentage was in fact being hailed as proof of success of the tough measures before the two toppers surfaced to undo all their good work.