Bihar mystery: allocation 25 per cent of budget, pass percentage 65
Patna: The recent Bihar board result has raised many questions and answered none. One of the questions being asked is : why have a record 35 per cent students failed to make the grade when the state spends twenty five per cent of the annual budget on education.
None in the education department provides a satisfactory answer. State education minister Ashok Chaudhary holds stricter examination of answer papers and actions against copy cats mainly responsible for it. But because of these measures the percentage of successful students cannot be so low.
A majority of parents spoken to blame teachers and holds the education department responsible for this kind of situation. An intermediate topper who was questioned by a television channel had failed to answer some easy questions a few months back.
She had even failed to spell her subjects in English properly. This year too the result was similar. There was no improvement.
This only establishes that the quality of education is poor. The examination result used to be better only because of mass cheating.
It is generally believed that there will be no change in the situation as long as the education mafia rules the roost.