Bihar board topper case needs a much deeper probe
Patna: Bihar is a happening state. So, it often causes surprises and hits the headlines . But this time it has caused a bigger surprise.
It is not easy to understand how teachers and non-teaching staff of a college could not differentiate between a young boy and a middle -aged man.
The student ,who topped in Bihar board examinations and who is in the eye of the recent storm in education field, does not look like a boy, with receding hair-line.
He may not look 42 which is his actual age but does not look a school or college- goer either. He gave his age in the school application form as 22 and the same was recorded during admission in class eleventh . A close first look at a man in forty-plus will tell any one that he is not in his early twenties.
Clearly, there are still many untold stories attached to this case.
Not a handful but a large number of officials and non-officials seem to be involved in this case. His arrest and arrest of some others will not put an end to the racket which seems to be deep-rooted.
The problem is that there are many in the state who have questioned his arrest and are playing the blame game. There are others who have underplayed it.
When former state chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was asked to comment on the development by a newspaper he laughed over it. " He has got a big zero", he has been quoted as saying, making the issue light
Chief minister Nitish Kumar, has difference not on this but many other issues. Perhaps he is maintaining the Raj Dharna by not saying anything against Lalu openly.
As far as this case is concerned, he has understood the seriousness of the matter as he told another journalist that it only underscored the point that much has not been done yet to reform the education system and keep education mafia at bay.
He has rightly decided to assess the school and government inter-college performance from the next year. Action will be taken against all those involved in the racket, he has promised.