Indian relatives scale school walls to help pupils cheat

Images showed dozens of people clinging to the windows of one four-storey building in the eastern state of Bihar, where more than 1.4m teenagers are sitting their school leaving exams.
Indian relatives climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Even with police presence, parents and relatives are reported to scale building walls in order to pass notes to help students cheat in their exams. AP Photo / Press Trust of India
Indian relatives climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Even with police presence, parents and relatives are reported to scale building walls in order to pass notes to help students cheat in their exams. AP Photo / Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI // Authorities in eastern India were left red-faced on Thursday after images of relatives scaling the walls of a school exam centre to pass notes to candidates were broadcast on local television.

Dozens of people were shown clinging to the windows of one four-storey building in the eastern state of Bihar, where more than 1.4 million teenagers are sitting their school leaving exams.

Other images showed police officers and school staff standing by as people passed study aides to candidates inside examination centres.

The images went viral on Twitter and made national headlines, but Bihar’s education minister P K Shahi refused to accept any blame for the cheating.

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“You tell us what can the government do to stop cheating if parents and relatives are not ready to cooperate?” he said.

“Should the government give orders to shoot them?”

It is not the first time that exam cheating has been exposed in Bihar – more than 1,600 students were disqualified in 2013 after similar videos emerged.

Police also detained more than 100 adults for helping students cheat.

* Agence France-Presse

Published: March 19, 2015 04:00 AM

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