Patna/ Delhi. Ex-BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh recently broke the news that it took only 20 lakhs to hold the coveted post of Topper in Bihar exams. Hearing this, parents of some prestigious schools have filed complains with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal about the charges paid by them for their wards to study in the prestigious schools of Delhi, only to secure 33% marks.
Since their wards are only studying there as a matter of formalities and have to carry on with generation’s business post schooling, being topper will actually bring in more goodwill to the business. Not to forget the efforts it will reduce in breaking the shackles around family tradition of bringing only passing marks. They are ready to spend ten times the amount in case they are made the toppers.
Boasting of his stronghold being the middle class people of Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly released ordered all the schools in Delhi, “If you charge anything in excess of 20 Lakh, the child needs to be compulsorily made the topper. He also looped in CBSE, asking them to take appropriate actions according to these new developments and people friendly measures government is adopting.”
CBSE chief however, pointing out some anomalies with this proposition, has already questioned this, saying there could only be one topper. And 20 Lakh was too meager an amount for someone to become a topper in boards in Delhi.
Considering all options, Delhi CM has finally compromised and decided to hold auctions instead of fixing fees to decide the topper.
Caste based politicians have however demanded 30-70% discounts in case ‘their’ wards decide to opt in for the auction. However, there are still many apprehensions from quarters who feel that, if there are people in these reserved categories who can afford to participate in auctions, what are they doing with their reservation privileges in the first place. However, all political parties have disregarded this assumption in the wake of upcoming elections and are unanimous in their suggestions of including rebate for these castes/religions.
Meanwhile, our reporter met a boy from forward caste, majority religion from a not well to do family whose father expired in a road accident last year and now works in a Dhaba to support his family and studies. He told us he would not be participating in the auctions and doesn’t seek rebate as well. We tried taking his opinion on beef ban, intolerance and other raging topics, but he was not aware of any of these issues.
First published on Vela’s blog.