Last year, it was Ruby Rai who said “Prodigal Science” is about cooking and this time as well, we have another Bihar’s Class XII topper in humanities and know nothing about the basics of music, confused to tell about Lata Mangeshkar and can’t even sing well. Isn’t this right time for the Nitish Kumar government to take some stern decisions to improve the unfortunate education condition of the state?
The 24-years old Ganesh Kumar, who topped Class XII in humanities stream, struggled with some basic questions posed by the media on music, in which he scored 65 out of 70 in practical. In an interview to a news channel, Kumar said legendary singer ‘Lata Mangeshkar’ is known as ‘Maithili Kokila’ that’s a title bestowed on folk singer Sharda Sinha, who is from Samastipur. He also seemed to have a big struggle explaining about ‘sur’, ‘taal’ and ‘matra’. He is a new case in the ongoing controversy of state education board tainted with charges of mass irregularities and cheating. Ganesh is a resident of Giridih in Jharkhand, studied 250 kilometers away in Bihar at a school that not even have any musical instruments. Even this, though, not stopped him from scoring 65 out 70 marks.
He told India Today news channel that “I don’t know much about music. I just attended a couple of music classes in the last two years… I never thought I would become a topper”. Ganesh appeared for the board exams at Ramnandan Singh Jagdip Narayan High School in Samastipur’s Chhakhabib village and achieved 82.6 percent. He scored massive 92 percent in Hindi, 82 percent in Music and 42 percent in Social Science. This 24-years old boy was not a regular student of the school as his examination form did not mention his present address. There is also no date mentioned about his date of admission in the admission form. After a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the state education minister Ashok Choudhary said, “The board chairman has himself said the evaluation process was carried out in a proper manner … The media are always looking to rake up something negative. A media person who posed queries to the topper is himself a great musician?”
The school where Ganesh studied from is run by a man identified as Abhitendra Kumar, who is a son of BJP activist Jawahar Prasad Singh, was affiliated in 2013 by the Bihar State Education Board (BSEB). When the media persons asked Jawahar Prasad, founder secretary of the school said, “I am surprised that he has topped the Arts stream of the Bihar Board.” These issues of education condition and the cheating cases are catching fire from a really very long time in the state. It’s the time for the Nitish Kumar government to take some important decisions to improve the bleak education condition of the state.