Patna: About 300 people have been arrested in the Indian state of Bihar after the emerging reports on a tremendous cheating in school exams.
Parents and friends of students were photographed climbing up school walls to pass on answers.
Many of those arrested were parents. Related to the incident, at least 750 students have been expelled from the school.
An estimated 1.4m students are taking their school leaving exams in Bihar alone. The tests are considered to be crucial for their chances of a successful career.
The authorities have clearly been tangled into an uncomfortable situation by the exam cheating event as the matter has been spread out on social media.
Students were seen copying answers from smuggled notebook sheets while police posted outside test centers were seen being bribed to look in the other way.
Following the arrests, the exams conducted at four centers have been canceled.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned the cheating but said the images published were not the “whole story” of his state.
He warned the parents that the event of helping their children by passing answers would only harm them in the long run.
State Education Minister PK Shahi said it would be difficult to conduct fair exams without help from parents.
He said that about three to four people were seen helping a single student in the examination center. According to him, there would be a total of six to seven million people helping students cheat.
He has also pointed out that it is not the responsibility of the government alone to manage such a huge number of people and to conduct a 100% free and fair examination.
Video on exam cheating incident in Bihar