Wall of shame: Parents climb school walls to help their children cheat in exam

Photos of parents scaling up the walls of a multi-storey building to help their kids cheat on their high school exams, have gone viral in social media. The parents were seen throwing/passing notes through the windows to help their children fare better in their exam.

Parents, who are bound to imbibe honesty and importance of exams in kids were seen risking a 20-foot fall to help their class X children cheat in standardized test.

Bihar has an anti-cheating law that saw dozens of 12th-grade students expelled last month and their parents detained — but this incident shows clearly that it has neither stopped cheating nor made it socially stigmatized.

Bihar’s state education minister essentially gave up and said his government can’t stop the cheating from happening when people remain so bent on doing it — whether that’s the students themselves, or bribe-taking teachers or police.

“The government cannot stop cheating in exams. It is also the responsibility of the society to ensure a cheating-free exam.”

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One parent said why he felt the need to help his kid: “These government teachers don’t teach anything in schools. Most of the times they are absent. That’s why we have to resort to such things to help our children.”

School authorities in Bihar have barred more than 500 students from taking the test in response to this latest round of open cheating.

The state’s education minister put some of the blame on parents, telling press that the state could not be expected to ensure fair testing with more than 1.4 million test takers.

India Education

Exams are a big deal in India. The national 10th and 12th grade tests, known as board exams, determine who gets into the country’s best universities, as well as whether students get a place in a popular course such as medicine or engineering. Top schools might ask for a score of 95 percent or more. Many middle-class Indians see these exams as crucial to their chances of a successful career, and there’s enormous pressure on kids to do well.

Sharanya Bharathwaj