After Ruby Rai, another Bihar topper caught on wrong foot

A report from Samastipur said Kumar's school cancelled a function to felicitate him following the controversy.

By: Express Web Desk | Patna | Updated: June 1, 2017 10:38 pm
ruby rai, bihar class 12 topper, education news, indian express news Asked what did he do in music practicals, he unrhythmically sang a few lines of a Bollywood number. (Representational Image)

Last year, Ruby Rai said “prodigal science” is about cooking and this time too, Bihar’s Class XII topper in humanities struggled to explain the basics of music, one of his subjects. Controversies continue to dodge the state’s Class XII toppers. Ganesh Kumar, who topped Class XII boards in humanities stream, stumbled over queries posed by the media on music, in which he scored 65 out of 70 in practicals. Kumar in an interview to a TV news channel said singer Lata Mangeshkar is known as ‘Maithili Kokila’, a title bestowed on folk singer Sharda Sinha, who is from Samastipur, where his school is situated.

He seemed to have a difficult time explaining what is ‘sur’, ‘taal’ and ‘matra’, considered the basics of music.

Asked what did he do in music practicals, he unrhythmically sang a few lines of a Bollywood number.

The 24-year-old Kumar appeared for the board exams at Ramnandan Singh Jagdip Narayan High school in Samastipur’s Chhakhabib village and scored 82.6 per cent.

He got 92 per cent in Hindi, 82 per cent in music and 42 per cent in social science.

A report from Samastipur said Kumar’s school cancelled a function to felicitate him following the controversy.

Kumar, who hails from Giridih in Jharkhand, said he had come to the village in search of livelihood some years ago and had taken admission in the school after some people asked him to do so.

The school’s founding secretary, Jawahar Prasad Singh, claimed that Kumar had himself decided to take admission in the school.

State Education Minister Ashok Choudhary, after a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, said, “The board chairman has himself said the evaluation process was carried out in a proper manner … the media is always looking to rake up something negative.”

Choudhary asked if the “media person who posed queries to the topper is himself a great musician?”

Answer sheets were evaluated by competent teachers and is it not justified to question the low pass percentage this year, he added.

A whopping 64 per cent of students failed the board exams this year.

Several science stream students told the media that they appeared in JEE Advance, conducted for admission into IITs, but scored as low as 1, 2 or 4 in subjects like physics and maths in the board exams.

Meanwhile, a large number of students, who failed the exams, protested outside the BSEB’s office on Thursday, prompting the police to resort to lathicharge.

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    Manisha Jha
    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Okay I know the condition is not good in Bihar.... but media must look into other places as well.... cheating in exams is a trend now.....not only in Bihar but everywhere else as well..... Instead of stereotyping and publishing only that news which will draw attention why don't u guyzz do something to bring back the value of education in our country....show the root cause and the cure... This is why we need media....
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      bishnu
      Jun 2, 2017 at 9:39 am
      MANY OF THESE STUDENTS WHO FAILED NEED NOT BE DISHEARTENED AS LUCRATIVE CAREER IN POLITICS IS AWAITING FOR U GUYS.JOIN POLITICS ENJOY THE PRIVILEGES OCIATED WITH IT AND ENJOY RU OVER THE EDUCATED CLASS.WHAT AN IRONY/
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        Suneet Sood
        Jun 2, 2017 at 5:09 am
        I don't know if the student deserves to top, or even to pass. I do know that it's not fair that the reporter seems to have set up an impromptu examination and failed him. Exams are, typically, prepared with care, and evaluated for validity. Unless this reporter can show that his (or her) examination was validated, the reporter seems to have abused his/her position of power to denigrate the boy.
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          Ballad
          Jun 2, 2017 at 3:12 am
          Some zealots think as if they've come from any developed country. Blinded by their jingoism and by copying the West these illiterate ignorant Lampoons think now they've become civilized.
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            Ballad
            Jun 2, 2017 at 3:03 am
            Media is going out of its way in the country. They have become a filthy​tool of govt to tarnish the image of everything and everyone disliked by the center. Why these reporters are being entertained in the first place. They must be kicked out, they have started a norm to interview school students from Bihar. Why don't they go to up, haryana, Gujrat Rajasthan and asked their weirdo questionnaire to state board students there.
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              dv1936
              Jun 2, 2017 at 1:39 am
              Shameless corruption thy name is Bihar.
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                MAUJI BAPA.
                Jun 2, 2017 at 1:06 am
                Hey - It is Bihar - the Lallu Land. Enough said. When 4th cl and 7th cl are ministers of education and health, what else can you expect. What a shame. No wonder Biharis are a laughing stock everywhere. Fisrt step, get an Education Minister who has had some real education, not home schooled by Lallu Yadav.
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                  Manisha jha
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 11:23 am
                  Just bcz the media is targeting Bihar doesn't mean the case is only in Bihar.....the scenario is same everywhere else...it's just that u people have stereotyped Bihar as a laluland.... N by saying this u urself are proving Ur literacy level....😂 judging things by reading just an article..people like you are the major cause of downfall of this country....just bcz the media is showcasing Bihar doesn't mean it is the only place with this case...n btw baki saare ministers bade padhe likhe Hain...😏. u say Biharis are laughing stock!!! Huh due to their vocabulary u would say....but my dear friend people from other states having their own mother tongue speak hindi in a different accent..people with low intellect laugh at them not the civilised folks...every state has their own very different accent of Hindi....u have no rights to comment on them....😤
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                  babu
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 12:18 am
                  So what IFPM CAN HAVE FAKE MASTER DEGREE EDUCATION MINSTER HAVE FAKE BA DEGREE WHY THIS GUY CAN'T HAVE A FAKE MUSICAL DIPLOMA
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