Schooling in Bihar

It is painful and disappointing to read about the Bihar topper scam (“Headmistress, two others held in topper scam”, June 5 and “Bihar Inter ‘topper’ held”, June 3). It is tragic that a State which is home to Nalanda University — once considered the centre of excellence and quality education — and where many a bureaucrat and diplomat came from is now in the news due to its incompetent State toppers. This shows the deep maladministration and mismanagement in schools and the quality of education.

Arvind Mishra

Darbhanga, Bihar

Tamil Nadu’s toppers are no better than their Bihar counterparts. I usually check those students who score stunning centums in commerce subjects. I once had a postgraduate in commerce who was unable to explain what “average clause” in an insurance contract is. In the good old days, the marks one scored were directly proportional to the intelligence of the student. These days they are inversely related. A student scoring 50 marks or less means that he/she has tried to understand the basic concept, now considered a crime in present-day education. Education should instil discipline and humaneness in students which are sadly missing now.

A. Ravi,


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