Patna, June 2: Stung by the media expose of "dubious" toppers of class 12th examination conducted by Bihar board, state Education Minister Ashok Choudhary on Wednesday, June 1, said a high level probe has been ordered to re-check merit of the toppers.
The board has called all 14 toppers from arts, science and commerce streams for 'a small re-examination' on June 3.
The probe would be conducted in all the three streams - Humanities, Science and Commerce--and merit of examiners who awarded the marks would also be checked, he told a news agency.
Video of a girl, Ruby Kumari, who topped the state government's +2 examination in Humanities pronouncing Political Science as 'Prodigal Science' and describing it as a subject related to cooking.
She has scored 91 out of 100 in political science. She overall scored 444 out of 500 but was clueless even about the maximum marks. Rubi is also not aware about her subjects in Class 12. She said the total marks were 600 as against actual 500 marks.
Interestingly, Ruby, like most students in Bihar, wants to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
Saurabh Shreshth, a boy who topped in Science was unaware of electron and proton and wants to become a scientist.
Their lack of basic knowledge exposed the results of the exam conducted by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) this year.
BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said they will conduct a one-on-one interview along with a small written test and the 'toppers' would face action if they fail.
Both toppers hail from Bishun Rai college in Bhagwanpur in Vaishali district.
The institution had courted controversy last year as well when the then Education Minister P K Shahi had ordered withholding its results following complaints of large-scale irregularities.
"Five merit holders of all the three streams of Science,Arts and Commerce will be re-examined by an expert team to know the truth of the excellent marks awarded to them by examiners," Choudhary said.
The state Education minister sounded perturbed over "lapse" shown by the board in publication of results. The incident has once again shown the state in a poor light after a photograph of parents and well wishers scaling a school building in Vaishali district last year during matriculation exam to supply chits to examinees went viral.
"I admit lapse on the part of the state examination board despite all efforts of the government to conduct a cheating-free examination," the minister said.
"After a lot of hard work the state government had conducted cheating-free examination this time to erase its bad image due to copying in matriculation exam last year ... But the expose of toppers has once again tarnished the government's image. "We will dismiss officials found guilty in committing this irregularity," the minister said.
(With PTI inputs)