A large-scale examination cheating scam was exposed in Khagriya and Hajipur in Bihar on Thursday when friends and family of Class 10 students taking the Bihar board exams were caught climbing school building walls to pass chits to students inside.
The shocking fact is that this incident is taking place on a large-scale and open manner despite inspection authorities and police personnel posted outside the exam venues, reported NDTV. In fact, some of the police personnel were reportedly aiding people involved in 'helping' the students. "Some observers also alleged that the police are accepting bribes from people wanting to get into the examination halls," said the report.
The students were also reportedly being helped by invigilators and school staff, according to CNN-IBN. Some of the students were even openly referring to textbooks inside the examination hall.
Despite this incident being caught on camera, local officials claimed that the exams were held as usual and no such cases of cheating were reported.
CNN-IBN also reported when Nitish Kumar came to power in Bihar in 2005, a crackdown on this malpractice was undertaken by the government. But after two or three years, the government, realising that the crackdown resulted in great public anger, stopped it.
Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi went as far as to say that the government was "helpless" with respect to this cheating scam. "The government is helpless to stop the dishonest practices unless parents and students cooperate for the same," The Times of India quoted Shahi as saying. "Over 14 lakh students are taking the examination. You tell us what can the government do to stop cheating if parents and relatives are not ready to cooperate? Should the government give orders to shoot them?"
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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2015 17:30:57 IST