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Plus Two score ruckus

Patna, June 30: The fate of over a lakh Plus Two students hangs in the balance as the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) is re-totalling their marks at a snail’s pace.

The students have been agitating for the past two months against the marks given to them in the Plus Two examination conducted by the BSEB as many had failed to clear it. Also, the number of students securing first class in science dropped from 52 per cent in 2013 to 18 per cent in 2014.

As many as 1.8 lakh students have applied for the re-totalling because several successful candidates of engineering exams such as the IIT-JEE failed to clear the Plus Two exam.

The issue cropped up in the Legislative Council, where the Opposition slammed the education department for “playing with the career of the students”.

“During the past two months, the BSEB has managed to re-total only 20 per cent of the applicants’ papers. At this rate, it will take more than six months to complete the process,” said Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Sushil Kumar Modi, on Monday, even as the treasury bench tried to assure the MLCs that the BSEB was on the job.

The poor performance of students in the Plus Two exams earlier this year is mainly attributed to the change in question pattern, where the objective questions were done away with.

“The change in pattern was made without releasing model questions for the students,” said Modi.

BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said re-totalling of around 8,500 students, who had cleared various competitive exams were underway at Miller School on priority basis. “That should be completed in two to three days. The rest of the answer sheets will be taken care of later,” he said.