About 14 lakh students are appearing for the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) in 1,217 centres in the state. The examination started on March 17. Large scale cheating was reported in these centres.
The parents and friends of the Class X students were spotted climbing the school walls for passing on cheating chits for the ongoing Board exams. Following which the government has cancelled the two exams that were held on March 18 and March 19 at four centres. The four centres were Vidya Niketan and St Francis School in Mahnar (Vaishali district), a high school in Simri (Saharsa) and a high school in Nawada.
The principal secretary R K Mahajan informed that considering the media reports more examinations will be cancelled if needed. Also in case the superintendents, magistrates, police force are found not performing their duties properly, strict steps will be taken. A report is to be submitted by the DMs and SPs within 24 hours.
The BSEB secretary N C Tiwari informed that 766 students who were caught cheating have been expelled in the first three days.
Education minister P K Shahi expressed his concern that it was impossible to curb these activities without the support of the students and their guardians. When asked about the photos of the mass copying in the exam centres of the Vaishali district, he informed that around two to three relatives were helping the students and it was impossible for the police to shoot these 40 to 50 people.
With the help of social media Facebook the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tried to mitigate the false impression the photos and videos saying that these do not show the true and complete Bihar. He posted on his page on facebook stating that the Bihari students are very talented and have been successful in various areas in the country as well as abroad. These photographs cannot put the talent of the state in the limelight.
This ill fame projected of the state spoils the future of the students. By helping their wards the parents are spoiling the habits of the children as it does nothing more than keeping the morale down.
The habit of cheating will not help the students to progress as they will depend on it for later parts of their lives.
The authorities are hopeful that the examinations will be now held in a fair manner.