Bihar Board Class 12 Humanities topper goes missing, sparks rumours of another ‘topper scam’
The Bihar Board Class XII results look set to stir a fresh wave of controversy this year. The Humanities topper, Ganesh Kumar, has been untraceable since the results were declared on Thursday, media reports said, adding that there were suspicions regarding his result.
Ganesh, a resident of Saraiya, Giridih in Jharkhand, was a student of Ram Nandan Singh Jagdeep Narayan college in Samastipur, 250 kms from Giridih. He topped the stream with 82.6 per cent, as per the results declared on May 30.
He went underground soon after the results were declared, triggering suspicion over him securing the top spot in the Bihar Board examination.
According to local media reports, the suspicion over Ganesh stems from his admission form. The first point being questioned is why he chose to secure admission in a college located 250 km away from his home in Giridih.
Secondly, his admission form mentions his date as June 2, 1993 which means that he turns 24 tomorrow. However, a class XII student is usually aged between 17 and 19.
Further, the condition of the school from which he studied raise more questions on Ganesh’s result. It has just six classrooms, that too without windows, doors, fans and even electricity. Also, it doesn’t have any skilled teacher.
Ironically, even his teacher is reportedly surprised how Ganesh could have topped the examination.
According to Ganesh’s intermediate marksheet, he secured 65 out of 70 in music (practical) and 18 out of 30 in theory. He also secured 92 marks out of 100 in Hindi.
The inconsistencies have now caught the eye of the Bihar School Examination Board which is now looking into the matter.
"The school did not comply with the prescribed norms and criteria of the board. No attendance has ever been made. In first phase, the board disaffiliated 202 schools and now we have instructed all the district magistrates to check all the schools in their respective areas regarding infrastructure, student-teacher ratio and other guidelines of affiliation," BSEB chairman Anand Kishor was quoted by Times of India as saying.
Last year, the “Bihar toppers scam” had come into light after Ruby Rai, who had ‘topped’ the Class 12 examination in the humanities stream, had given a botched up interview.
She had scored 444 out of 500 marks but her result was cancelled when she failed a re-test conducted by the Board of Secondary Education. She had written names of movies in one answer sheet, the name of poet Tulsidas more than a hundred times in another and poetry in some others, which were later replaced by the copies written by the experts.