The Patna High Court has slapped a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) for not accepting the fault of leaving a question unevaluated in Hindi answer sheet of a student. A bench of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh slapped the cost on the board "which, instead of fairly accepting the claim of the petitioner had chosen to invite a verdict from the court". Justice Singh also ordered the board to give 'one mark' for the unchecked answer in the paper of Bhavya Kumari who had ended up coming second in the BESB 2017 exam because of the mistake.
Bhavya Kumari, a resident of Begusarai district and alumni of a girls' residential school at Simultala in Jamui, had approached the High Court after receiving answer scripts secured through a Right to Information Act (RTI). Kumari was given 460 marks out of 500 in the examination, the results of which had been declared in June 2017. After re-evaluation, she was given more mark and she equaled the score of the Bihar topper of 465 out of 500.
The court took strong exception of the fact that the Board, despite conceding that a question had not been evaluated, “put the blame on the child for not applying for scrutiny of her answer sheets.” "The Board... as a statutory body, has acted in most irresponsible manner while contesting the case of the petitioner," said the bench.
Earlier, the same bench had fined the Bihar board for failing class 10 student Priyanka Singh. She was given 29 out of 80 marks in Science and 9 out 100 marks in Sanskrit. However, after re-evaluation, she scored 61 in Science and 80 in Sanskrit.