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Trending in India: Examination fever scales new heights

Examination fever has caught up with India as we complete the first fortnight of March and this is a time that school students across India dread. This story is no different every year what was different this time was the incident of large-scale cheating in Hajipur and Nawada in Bihar where not only student but their friends and parents were also taking the SSC examination.

According to video footage and photographs that have emerged, friends and parents of the student were seen clambering the wall of the school to reach the classroom where students were taking the exam and assist them accordingly. Further, this wasn’t done in secrecy, people involved in the act were not bothered about concealing their actions but the top-most priority for them was helping the students cheat in the exam.

The supervising squad and the police couldn’t do anything to stop the ‘large-scale’ cheating which was taking place under their watch because of the enormous size of the people involved in cheating. It was difficult to distinguish the ones who are involved and the ones who are not.

Over the years, the government in Bihar has released plenty laws to deter such activities which include arrest, lodging First Information Record (FIR) and expulsion, but friends and family of the examinees seem to have overlooked that.

The height of the multi-storey building of the school was no bar when parents and friends decided to ‘help’ the student take the board examination. When I was appearing for my board exam on 2008 and 2010, I remember parents of examinees standing outside the exam centre chanting prays for their children but climbing the walls to help their children cheat in board exam has scaled different heights of the exam fever.

The Bihari style cheating was trending in India not only on social media but on news channels, publication as well. The cheating can be termed as a wrongful activity according to the laws framed by the government but deeper introspection is needed to find causes that led to such an activity at an early age.

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