Date
22 November 2017
Relatives and friends scale the walls of examination centers to pass on answers to the students. Photo: BBC/Dipankar
Relatives and friends scale the walls of examination centers to pass on answers to the students. Photo: BBC/Dipankar

Hundreds arrested in India over exam cheating

About 300 people have been arrested in the Indian state of Bihar following reports of blatant cheating in school exams.

Many of those arrested were parents, and also friends and other relatives of the examinees, who were seen climbing school walls to pass on answers to students, BBC News reported.

Many students also reportedly smuggled in textbooks and notes into the exam centers, while police posted outside were seen being bribed to look the other way.

At least 750 students have been expelled, the broadcaster said, adding that exams have been canceled in at least four centers.

Officials said more than 1.4 million students were taking the school leaving exams in Bihar alone.

Cheating is reportedly common in Bihar exams but authorities have been embarrassed after photographs and videos of widespread cheating were published in newspapers and broadcast on television.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned the cheating but said the photographs were not the “whole story” of his state.

He warned parents that helping their children cheat would only harm them in the long run.

“Three to four people helping a single student would mean that there is a total of six to seven million people helping students cheat,” State Education Minister PK Shahi was quoted as saying.

“Is it the responsibility of the government alone to manage such a huge number of people and to conduct a 100 percent free and fair examination?”

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