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515 students caught during Bihar board exams, minister says can’t stop it

A total of 14.26 lakh students were appearing for the exams at 1,217 centres in the state.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: March 20, 2015 10:58:57 am
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. (Source: PTI) 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. (Source: PTI)

A day after images of youths climbing atop a Vaishali examination centre went viral, Bihar HRD minister Prashant Kumar Shahi on Thursday said it was beyond the state government to curb or stop large-scale cheating in Class X board examination.

The exams, conducted by Bihar School Education Board, started from March 17 and on Wednesday the students wrote their mathematics paper.

Shahi said, “We cannot control or curb unfair means…when we are conducting a large-scale examination. There are four-five persons to help one student”.

The state government faced major embarrassment after local TV channels ran footage of people climbing the four-storeyed Gyan Niketan examination centre at Mahnar in Vaishali district.

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Though such scenes are not uncommon across the state, the clear proof and subsequent police inaction have put a question mark on the administration’s efficacy. The HRD ministry has asked Gyan Niketan to explain its position on the video footages and photographs.

BSEB head Lalkeshwar Prasad, however, said district magistrates should ensure fair examinations with the help of police.

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