PATNA: Angry students took to the streets and tried to break open the gate of the Bihar Intermediate Council a day after 65 percent of them baldy failed the Class 12 exam in Bihar, prompting the police to resort to caning. Around 10 students were wounded in the caning.
Reports said a large crowd of students who had gathered outside the office wanted to meet the officials demanding evaluation of their answer-sheets but their anger burst when they found the main gate of the office locked.
Angry students then burnt effigies of the education minister, tried to break open the gate of the office and even clashed with the police, prompting them to resort to lathicharge.
Local TV grab showed the cops chasing the crowds of students on the streets and raining cane blows on them, leave many of them wounded.
“We all have become the victims of academic mismanagement. Quite many of us qualified the JEE mains exam but see they have failed us in the class 12 exam,” rued a student.
“The result is very shocking. We can’t accept it. The government has played with our career…see many are committing suicide out of frustration,” another student told a local news channel.
Protests are not limited to Patna only. The news of protests is filtering in from all parts of the state.
Bihar education minister Ashok Chadhary assured to look into the grievances of the protesting students soon.
Students went on the rampage after around 65 percent students failed the Grade 12 examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board. The results were announced on Tuesday.
Authorities said of the total of over 1.24 million students who appeared at the examination this year, only 445,546 could clear the test whereas the rest 794,622 failed.
While only 30 percent passed the science stream, a little over 37 percent could emerge successful in arts stream. The commerce students, however, fared a little better with their pass percentage being around 74.
Image Caption: Angry students gathered outside the office of Bihar Intermediate Council in Patna on Wednesday.
Image Courtesy: prabhatkhabar.com