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Board opens darbar doors to students

Patna, Nov. 30: Bihar School Examination Board joined other government departments today, organising its first janata darbar at its headquarters.

Around 200 complainants, most of them students from the districts, approached the board chairman Rajmani Singh. Most of their complaint: Their marksheets were furnished with wrong marks.

One such case was of Ashu Kumari, a student of Government High School, Bairgania, under Sitamarhi district. She topped the Matriculation at her school with 84 per cent in April 2010 but her social science marks were furnished as 18. She approached the board to find it was a computer error and she had actually scored 78. The board, based on Ashu’s complaint, rectified the error but she is still to get her special scholarship announced for school toppers by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Today, Ashu told The Telegraph: “Though the board rectified the error and my actual marks were furnished on my marksheet and certificates, I still didn’t get the scholarship of Rs 10,000.” In spite of several pleas, little impact was created. She is not alone. Around 35 students from Bheldi in Saran district also approached Singh over wrong marks in their 2010 Matriculation examination.

The students of Harji High School, Bheldi, said around 50 of them were failed in the matriculation examination in science.

Soni Kumari, a student of the school, told The Telegraph: “Our science paper was scheduled on February 25 last year but was cancelled on order of the district magistrate as some students were cheating. On March 13, the examination was held again. When the results came two months later, we were shocked to see around 50 of us had failed.” Although the students approached the board several times, no action was taken.

Soni’s friend, Kiran, said: “We have come with high hopes as our future is uncertain.”

Board chairman Singh said: “Twenty-five per cent of the complainants were solved on spot while for the rest, we have ordered board authorities to tackle the cases on a priority basis.” He added that the board would organise similar darbars in future.

Still, today was a lukewarm response as of the 11 lakh students who appear for Matriculation examination under the board, around 10 per cent are faced with indiscrepancies in marksheets.