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CM for change in question pattern

- Manjhi harps on objective-based format for Plus Two; pre-PhD course starts at AN Sinha

Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said the question pattern of Plus Two tests of Bihar School Examination Board would be changed and objective-type questions would be introduced from next year.

He also announced that a system of revaluation of answers sheets would be introduced. He was speaking at a function of JDU student’s wing on their first foundation day and anniversary of student wing.

The JDU students’ wing state unit president, Ranjan Kumar, on behalf of the organisation in the function attended by around 2,000 students from across the state, made the demands.

Earlier, in the Plus Two examination conducted by the Bihar board, only subjective questions were asked. The students’ wing demanded to make it 60 per cent objective and the rest subjective, to which Manjhi heeded and announced to implement the same from next year.

Expressing happiness over the announcement, Roshni Kumari of Bankipur Girls’ High School said: “The state government has taken a good decision. Subjective tests had led to fall in percentage of marks.”

Prashant Kumar, a student of AN College, welcomed the revaluation decision.

“Re-totalling was not the best method to check the mistakes done by the examiner. Whenever students claim about less marks given to them in the examination, re-totalling was done. But this comes with some amount of bias. Re-checking the entire paper is the best way to do justice with the students. I am happy the state government has taken the initiative in this regard,” said Prashant.

Manjhi also announced to follow the roadmap of former chief minister Nitish Kumar to open an engineering and a medical college in every district. He added that the roadmap included opening a polytechnic college, one industrial training institute (ITI) in every sub-division.

“The government is firm on opening the campus of Magadh University (Bodhgaya) in Nalanda and another campus of Babasaheb Bhimrao Bihar University in Motihari for the convenience of the students,” the CM said.

The event also witnessed chaos as participants refused to adhere to disciplinary measures and continued shouting throughout the programme.

When the chief minister was on the dais, the students flew paper-made aeroplanes inside SK Memorial Hall, where the programme was organised.

Before Manjhi could arrive at 12.15pm, the male students did not allow the girls to speak on the microphone.

Monika Mehta, a general secretary in the JDU students’ wing, was one of them.

When she was invited to speak, the male students started shouting. She however requested the crowd not to shout but they were not in a mood to listen. Even the students’ wing president requested and raised the objection but did not work.

While addressing the students, Manjhi gave a peace of mind and said: “Students should focus on studies and discipline to make the state and the nation proud.”

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