2 suicides, riots following the declaration of Bihar Intermediate results 2017
Around 66% students failed to qualify for the Bihar Intermediate exam 2017. The results were declared on May 30th. Out of the 12.61 lakh students who appeared in the BSEB exams this year, only 4.37 lakhs (34.65%) passed the exams while over 8 lakhs have failed. Last year, 11.55 lakhs students appeared in the exam and 7.18 lakhs or 62.19% cleared it.
Following such a high failure rate, two girls have committed suicide. Khusbu Kumari (16) hanged herself from the ceiling at her maternal grandfather's house in village in Bhagalpur district and Kiran Kumari (17) of Kasaria village in Buxar district jumped on the track before a running train near Raghunathpur railway station on Tuesday evening. Her body was recovered from the railway track by government railway police and sent for post-mortem and her family informed. Another girl attempted suicide in Sheikhpura district but she was prevented by one of her family members.
Nearly 70% students of XII Science stream exams of Bihar Board failed, while 76% students who took the arts exam failed. Only 73.76% students in the commerce stream exams passed. Some political parties have demanded resignation of Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and blamed him for the poor results. Many failed students in several districts of Bihar, including Saharsa and Sasaram, protested against the poor intermediate results and also burned the effigy of education minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.
This year, CCTV cameras were installed at entrance of examination halls, the use of all communication gadgets, including mobile phones, inside the examination halls was also disallowed.Principal Secretary of education department RK Mahajan as well as BSEB chairman Anand Kishore have admitted that the poor pass percentage is a result of strict measures against cheating in exams.