A year after the Bihar toppers’ scam saw those who had topped the Bihar Class 12 in science and arts examinations unable to answer simple questions, the state was rocked by another scandal Friday when police arrested this year’s Class XII arts topper for allegedly forging his date of birth — Ganesh Kumar, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) said, turned out to be a 41-year-old, and not the 24-year-old he claimed to be.
Ganesh Kumar secured 82.6 per cent in the Class XII exams. Around 64.75 per cent students failed the examinations this year — the worst BSEB result in two decades. In results declared last Tuesday, only 30.11 per cent science students and 37.11 per cent arts students passed. The commerce stream pass percentage was 73.76.
The board has lodged an FIR with Kotwali police station and cancelled the certificates of both the exams Ganesh appeared for.
Ganesh was asked some basic questions pertaining to the subjects in which he scored highest marks, but he could not answer most of them. His real name is Ganesh Ram, son of Shankar Nath Ram and Geeta Devi.
BSEB spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi said: “We traced records of the board of undivided Bihar and matched his father’s name and permanent address.”
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