Patna: A whopping 64% of students in Bihar have failed in this year’s Class 12 examination, the results which were declared on Tuesday, thanks to the successful conduct of a cheating-free examination.

Only 30.11% of students passed the test in the Science stream as the results, declared by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Anand Kishore, showed. The results were dismal in the Arts stream too where a meagre 37% of the examinees could pass the test. In the Commerce stream, however, the pass percentage was 73.76.

Nearly 13 lakh students had appeared for the Plus-Two examination which was held between 14-25 February this year. The shocking results came against the backdrop of stringent measures taken by the Bihar government this year to ensure a cheating-free examination in view of the toppers scam last year.

While state education minister Ashok Choudhary hailed the successful conduct of a cheating-free examination, the BJP blamed the poor pass percentage on the education system run by the Nitish Kumar government.

In 2015, the Science stream pass percentage was 89.32 and 67.06% in 2016, but plunged to 30.11% this year. In the Commerce stream, 90.55% students passed in 2015 and 80.87% in 2016, but slided to 73.76% this year.

Similarly, in the Arts stream, 56% students passed in 2016, but dropped to 37.13% this year. Last year, Arts topper Ruby Roy in a TV interview after publication of results had pronounced political science as “Prodikal science" which, according to her, was related to cooking. Later, a probe had revealed a racket in the state’s class 12 examination.

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