Bihar, who is accustomed to failing grade in education, has managed to keep the same tradition alive this year as well. Hardly, over one third of the students of class 12 managed to pass the board exams. Compared to last year, this year's pass
percentage is 35% which was 62% last year.
But, Ashok Choudhary, who is the education minister, managed to find a reason to celebrate in this result as well as he claimed that this year's low pass percentage is the result of government's effort to stop the cheating in the board exams. This year Bihar board used the answer sheets which had bar code on them.
The pass percentage from the Science stream was 66% last year and this year it was slashed by about 30% this year. Arts stream was also witnessed the same downfall in the results as the success rate flopped from 57 percent last year to 37 percent this year.
In 2015 the state found itself in international headlines when parents and friends were found scaling walls of the examination center to help examinees pass the exams. Last year board found itself in the news due to topper scam in which toppers had hired others to impersonate them during the exams. The topper of the Arts stream Ruby Rai made headlines when she said in an interview that political science teaches cooking.
In order to improve the performance of the Bihar's students Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a massive exercise but not much has changed in the situation.