Yet another instance of mass copying has shamed Uttar Pradesh, after a video showing hundreds of students indulging in examination malpractices went viral on Thursday. The video, purportedly shot at a high school in rural Mathura on 1 March 2016, shows students appearing for their annual board exams at a ramshackle classroom, one with holes in the walls passing for windows. Outside these windows stand the friends and family members of the students armed with chits and notes, which they pass on to the students.
The video is the latest in a long line of similar incidents that the country witnessed of late. Over 1,200 students were caught in Bihar last month while indulging in examination malpractices and were suspended from appearing for their Class XII board exams; dozens of people accused of helping the students were also arrested. To prevent such incidents in the future, authorities announced a fine of Rs 10,000 on those found guilty. In Muzaffarpur in February, candidates appearing for an Indian Army recruitment exam were forced to strip down to their underwear and write their papers. This of course was a preventive measure so that the candidates are not equipped with collars and pockets to hide any notes. If all this is not enough look at what country we are in! Last year in Bihar's Chapra district, some people reportedly vandalised a school after they were prevented, well, from copying.