bihar toppers scam
Bihar school board cancels affiliation of 68 inter-colleges, 19 schools Pictured: The special investigation (SIT) team raids the residence of former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh's son-in-law Vivek Kumar in Patna on July 24, 2016IANS

After scams hit the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) in 2016, it has cancelled the recognition of 68 inter-colleges and 19 schools to overhaul the education system in the state.

Toppers' of the state board examinations had been caught and charged after it was found that they did not write the papers themselves and still scored high marks. The board's chairman has been arrested and jailed for his involvement in the large-scale scam.

The board is inspecting all the 212 schools that were given affiliation during Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh's tenure. Singh, the then chairman of the board, is the prime accused in the scams and is in jail for it.

At least 30 people, including 20 government officials, were named in the scam.

Most of the schools that were given affiliation during Singh's tenure were running only on paper. Some didn't even have teachers or students, the Indian Express had reported.

The scam came to light after Ruby Rai, the topper in Political Science, said in an interview that the subject was about cooking. She was charged for cheating and spent time at a home for underage offenders in July. When she took the exam again she was unable to answer any question correctly. She had said that she only wanted a second-division and her father paid for her to score good marks in the exams.

In a bid to make the marking process more transparent the board has decided to go digital.

Evaluators will be checking digital answer sheets now and the originals will be kept under lock and key.

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