Hyderabad: The result of Bihar Secondary Teacher Eligibility Test (STET)-2019 was released on 22 June. In the result released along with the merit list, a student's photo was seen who has been identified as Anupama Parameswaran, an actor. She appears in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. The education department has come under storm for this gaffe.
In a video posted by Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Ritu Jaiswal, Anupama Parmeshwaram photograph's, in the result sheet, was above the name and score of a person called Rishikesh Kumar. The maker of the video accuses the examination board and the invigilator about the process that lets a person sit for an examination while showing a wrong visual ID.
This has become an issue in Bihar politics. The opposition party of Bihar is attacking the government and accusing it of rigging exams. The STET 2019 results were declared in March 2021 but the scores of three subjects were not uploaded due to some technical issues.
After the picture of the result went viral, candidates who had appeared in the examination have started alleging large-scale malpractices in preparing STET results 2019. Tejashwi Yadav, the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly has also questioned the administration and targeted the state government over the incident. He said there is no vacancy in Bihar that is not being filled up without malpractices.
This is not the first of such instances. In February 2019, in an examination for the selection of a junior engineer conducted by the Bihar Public Health Engineering Department, the third rank holder's name appeared as bvcxzbnnb, s/o mggvghhnnnn.
In May 2016, Bihar's corrupt education system came to light when the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Arts and Humanities awarded first rank to Ruby Rai, first rank in science to Saurabh Shrestha and third rank to Rahul Kumar. In an interview with TV channels, it was found that they were unable to answer even the basic questions in their subjects. Ruby Rai, a student from Vaishali district pronounced political science as 'prodigal science' and described it as a subject related to cooking.