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Uttam Kumar, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
The recent incident of chhapra district of Bihar where parents and guardians of the students where shown climbing college buildings to help their candidates cheat in the Intermediate exam requires a deep introspection of Bihar’s education system. Bihar once known for its educational centers where students across the globe used to come to gain knowledge and education. So, what actually happened to this place of knowledge and learning that we are seeing a completely unrelated picture of it today.
To understand this we need to dig deep into the past two decades of systematic failure of education system in Bihar. I remember, belonging to the same board, the situation were very similar when I appeared for the same exam. This does not mean that everyone passes the exams in Bihar like that. Bihari’s have a good reputation of cracking the toughest of the exams in India and in good numbers. There are numerous Bihari’s who make their way to IITs, IIMs and even to the civil services every year.
However when you will analyze, how many of them achieved this success staying in Bihar, the number falls drastically. This shows that Bihari’s are hardworking and talented. But due to the poor education system of Bihar they are suffering. The government schools and colleges are mired with corruption and lack of teaching staffs. Sometimes even if the teaching staffs are there, they do not tech because they want the students to attend their private coaching classes.
In this situation a disparity of quality of education crops up among the rich and poor students. Hence to achieve good marks the parents and guardians of the poor students starts following the unfair ways for their candidates ,very similar to what we have seen in Chhapra.
So, if someone is to be blamed for this situation it the systematic failure of the state government to provide quality education to its students.
Reference: Article on recent incident of copying by Intermediate exam by the students of Bihar by Sanjay Kumar published in NDTV.(Sanjay Kumar is currently a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Apart from his current Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School, he holds a PhD degree from JNU, New Delhi)