Patna: Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma on Tuesday released the results of matric exams held earlier this year while giving full marks to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying it was only due to his able leadership, Bihar could become the first state in the nation to declare results despite all the hurdles posed by an early teacher's strike and the coronavirus that forced the nation to go under lockdown over two months ago.

"We earlier became the first state to announce the results of inter exams followed by the results of Class X. Now once again, in spite of the lockdown and limited official activities, we have emerged as the first state in the nation to declare matric results," the minister said.

Continued to stoke the ego of the Chief Minister, Verma said that Bihar had made major strides in the field of education under a visionary leader like Nitish Kumar who has left no stone unturned in improving education condition in the state.

Interestingly, the so-called 'Netarhat of Bihar', the boarding school in Simultala with a stellar record until now, turned out to be a complete dud this year earning the attention of the Education Minister.

Education Minister  Krishna Nandan Verma (center) releasing matric results in Patna on Tuesday.

"We are going to look into what happened at the Simultala school. If there had been any shortcoming in the teaching process, it will be identified and rectified," he said.

Meanwhile, officials said the percentage of passing students this year was 80.59% with 403,392 students passing with first division, 524,217 students getting second division and 275,402 students passing with third division.

Himanshu Raj of Janata High School in Rohtas was declared the state topper obtaining 481 marks with 96.20 percent. He was followed by Durgesh Kumar (480) of SK High School of Samastipur and Shubham Kumar (478) of Sri HK Jain School in Bhojpur.

Bihar Education Board Chairperson Anand Kishore and Education Department Joint Secretary RK Mahajan were also present at the time of the declaration of matric results.