Bihar board suspends affiliation of 4 schools amid topper scam

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has finally resorted to revocation of affiliation of the notorious VR College in Vaishali, which stormed the news channels last month for manipulation of the intermediate results. The Hasan Waris committee had submitted the report of its enquiry on May 2, which detailed about the ‘miraculous’ performance of the students of the accused college.

On the basis of the Waris’ report, a show-cause had been served to the VR college, Vaishali, the reply for which was to be submitted by June 15. The cancellation of the affiliation of the college is an outcome of non compliance of the show-cause notice.

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The Board on Thursday had also initiated a probe into the alleged irregularities in four other intermediate college in the Vaishali district. BSEB secretary Anup Kumar Sinha clarified that the students who have already got themselves registered for the next year exams in the accused college would be allowed to take the exams as students of nearby affiliated colleges.

The inadequate infrastructure in the college sustained 1500-odd students on roll. In one class even 126 students were claimed to be admitted by the institution. The copies of the intermediate examinations of the college were evaluated in Patna while copies from other colleges in the same district were evaluated in Kaimur and Rohtas district which proved of a well-oiled nexus. However, the student-education mafia nexus surfaced only after the intermediate exam toppers’ interviews held in the last week of May.

The grim scenario of state of education in the state rumbled the newspapers last year through a picture showcasing guardians of the respective wards climbing walls to ensure the students’ access to chits in the intermediate examinations. The blot further got aggravated through the news channel video going viral on the social media on May 30.

The former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha along with sacked JD(U) MLA from Hilsa were arrested from Varanasi on Wednesday and have been remanded in three-day police custody by a district court in Patna. The Special Investigation Team headed by Patna SSP Manu Maharaj has disclosed startling confessions during the interrogation of Lalkeshwar Prasad.

According to a report, the ex-BSEB chairman had accepted 20 lakhs from the kingpin of a cheating racket to guarantee an unworthy student topping the intermediate examinations. Rs. 4 lakh was the charge for grant of affiliations for the shady intermediate colleges. During his tenure, ex-BSEB chairman confessed granting more than 100 intermediate colleges illegal affiliations.

Whatever be the fate of the education system in the state but serious repercussions of the existing anomalies have put a question mark on the transparency of the education department in Bihar.

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