Rs.100 taped to answer sheets while examiners fail to spell ‘Shakespeare’ in Bihar

It’s just a month that videos and pictures showing people scaling three to four storey exam centres to pass on chits to their kids in Bihar went viral globally. Now, there is another shocking video which shows the pathetic state of education in the state.

Media just found that some evaluators checking answer sheets would also need help to pass exams.

When a Maths evaluator was asked about Pythagoras, the Greek Mathematician credited with the theorem, he gave a grim look. Another teacher failed to spell Mathematics. English teacher, Tamanna Ali, who is evaluating the English paper did not know the spelling of Shakespeare. A 100 rupees note was also found in one the answer sheets, which tells how children pass their exams.

At a school in Saharsa district, Tamanna Ali is evaluating English answer papers. Asked to spell ‘Shakespeare’, this is what he came up with: “S-h-a-k-s-p-e-a-r.”

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The man in charge of the state’s examination board said he is “by and large” fine with the system.

“There can always be improvements but by and large I am satisfied with the evaluation,” said Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, the chairman of the Bihar State Examination Board. He added that he had been touring the state to ensure fairness and competence.

Earlier this year, a court ordered the sacking of nearly 3,000 primary school teachers who had failed to clear competency tests twice. The teachers had been tested for English, Math, Hindi and General Knowledge up to the Class 5 level.

Days after cheating scandal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “Students from Bihar are talented and have shown their mantle across the world. Some photographs showing cheating cannot dominate on merit of the students.”

Bihar examiners can’t spell Shakespeare, Rs. 100 taped to answer sheets

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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