Cheating in the ongoing state Board matriculation exams in Bihar has literally scaled new heights. As shocking visuals of large-scale copying by students emerged where parents and helpers were seen scaling three to four storey exam centres to pass on chits to their wards, 515 students have been caught and expelled in two days.
But the state Education Minister PK Shahi on Thursday had a different take on the episode that occured right under the nose of policemen, saying the government alone cannot ensure 100 per cent cheating-free examinations of this huge magnitude.
Bihar School Examination Board Secretary Sriniwas Tiwari said that a total of 515 students have been expelled after being caught using unfair means in the matriculation exams in the past two days.
While 272 students were rusticated for cheating on the opening day of the exams on March 17 across the state, another 243 met the same fate on March 18, he added.
The Board’s Special Examination Cell also said seven parents have been arrested for supplying chits to their wards at Rohtas and Siwan in the past two days.
A total of 14.26 lakh students were appearing for the exams at 1,217 centres in the state. Bihar Education minister PK Shahi admitted that cheating in exams was prevalent, particularly in the rural areas.