Exams in Bihar have made headlines multiple times thanks to allegations of rampant cheating. This year, the state education board claimed to have clamped down on it, resulting in not even 50% clearing the class 10 board exam.
But a video of the topper of the Political Science course raises doubts about just what students are being taught.
A video posted by India Today shows that the girl, despite scoring the highest marks in the state, was clueless about what the subject was about. In fact, she thought it was about cooking!
In the interview aired on India Today, the girl from Hajipur, who scored a whopping 444 out of 500, is seen struggling to even pronounce the subject's name properly.
The girl has reportedly topped the Chemistry exam as well but the report claims she thought that aluminium was the most reactive element in the periodic table (we checked: it's apparently fluorine)
Here's the video posted by India Today (whose authenticity we were unable to verify)
The video while getting a few laughs also raises doubts about the functioning of educational boards in states and just how these students emerge toppers in subjects. Given the length of the video it's not possible to judge just how smart the girl really is.
But many on Twitter have questioned just how this girl became the topper of a subject she doesn't seem to understand:
She is the harry topper of Bihar. 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/JFb4GpuOds— Tintin AAP Ka (@goutamsahoo1983) May 31, 2016
Bihar standard. Cl 12 topper says Pol Sc deals with the art of Cooking.He is right. 2day politicians r only cooking scams 4 self n family— Arvind Mahajan (@ArvindMahajan10) May 31, 2016
The intw of Bihar Board topper being showing on @aajtak is the true reality of education in Bihar. Investigate and break nexus....— Spaceman Spiff (@anshulz) May 30, 2016
#Bihar : Intermediate topper Ruby pronounces "political science" as "polidecal science". Says "polidecal science" is about cooking food.— Mr. Stark (@MrStark__) May 30, 2016