BSEB pulls up socks to shift merit scam glare

Board okays creation of 135 new posts, nine new exam halls & nine regional offices

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 9.09.16
Bihar School Examination Board chairman Anand Kishor holds a meeting with officials in his chamber in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Thursday took some key decisions at its governing board meeting to strengthen its functioning in the face of flak over the "merit scam".

The seven-member governing board led by chairman Anand Kishor today gave its nod for creation of 135 posts (official and clerical), construction of nine new examination halls and setting up of nine regional offices.

The new examinational hall and regional offices will be set up in nine divisional headquarters - Patna, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Purnea, Saharsa, Bhagalpur and Munger.

The 135 posts include that of nine deputy secretaries, nine accountants, nine zonal officers among others.

With nine zonal offices set to function within two months, students from far-flung areas would not have to visit the board office in Patna with their problems.

"Earlier students from remote areas had to come to Patna for procuring their mark-sheet, certificate and other documents," board chairman Anand Kishor said. "Now, with nine regional offices set to function, candidates' queries will be addressed at the zonal office itself."

The board also decided to constitute an inspection committee, which will regularly visit schools and colleges to inspect academic activities there.

The seven-member committee led by an additional secretary-rank official, will visit schools randomly and inspect the teaching/learning process. "This is first time the board has decided to constitute an inspection committee," Kishor said. "The committee will also assess attendance of students, teachers in school."

The committee will submit a report to the state education department based on their findings in different schools. It will also give its nod for expansion of Bihar School Examination Board academic council.

The 17-member academic council, which frames the academic syllabus for matriculation (Class X) and intermediate (Class XII) courses, comprises of the board chairman, secretary and vice-chancellors and teachers of different universities.

The three new members are state project director (Bihar Secondary Education Project Council), state project director (Bihar Education Project Council) and director, State Council of Educational Research and Training.

BSEB's matriculation and Intermediate syllabi have not been revised in over a decade. Students are following outdated syllabi for matriculation and Intermediate exams. The board has also decided to upgrade its website to make it more user friendly.

Facing criticism because of alleged involvement of former chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and other officials in the topper scam, the board has, in the recent past, taken several initiatives to strengthen its functioning. On Wednesday, it decided to introduce digital marking system of students' answer sheets in Class X (matriculation) and XII (Intermediate).

The education department will incur Rs 40 per copy by introducing the digital marking system. The biggest advantage of the system is that there will be little scope for tampering with answer-sheets, tabulation (re-totaling) errors will be minimised and even the results will be declared faster.