Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2015

India Literally Scales New Educational Heights

Family and friends climb buildings to help students cheat on examinations.

Family and friends climb buildings to help students cheat on examinations.

Images of family members climbing up school buildings, clinging on to window ledges to pass cheat sheets to their children have left authorities embarrassed and in despair.

Cheating on exams is very common in India with most parents seeing education and good qualifications as the only method to get out of their vicious cycle of poverty.

The incident took place on Wednesday where students were completing their year-end grade 10 examinations in the state of Bihar, India. Parents and friends of students were observed climbing school buildings to pass on answers and cheat sheets whilst police officers outside test centres were seen being bibed.

About 300 people have been arrested in Bihar with many of those being parents and at least 750 students have been expelled.

Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi said to reporters that parents are cheating their children as they won’t learn if they’re constantly helped by family members.

“Government can only hold fair examinations with the help of the parents, society and the children,” he said. “This is a collective responsibility.”

“Is it the responsibility of the government alone to manage such a huge number of people and to conduct a 100% free and fair examination?”

Earlier this week, a father in the city of Mathura was seen strapping his 8-year old daughter to a motorcycle after she refused to take her test.

Tied with a multi-strand rope to the rear of a bike, witnesses captured images of the tethered girl, her bare feet hanging low, scraping the asphalt.

Girl seen bound to fathers motorbike.

Girl seen bound to fathers motorbike.

Local police officials said the girl’s parents offered her incentives like chocolates and toys to persuade her although when the girl was still unwilling, her father decided to take her there himself on the back of his bike.

The man was taken into custody and police charged him with “breach of the peace” after photos spread on social media. He is now out on bail.

India’s education system is known for its flaws with only 64% of women having a formal education and the countries literacy rate of just 74% in comparison to 95% in China. To combat this, earlier this year, Narendra Modi the Indian Prime Minister launched a nationwide campaign urging parents to send their children, particularly daughters, to school to ensure they are properly educated.

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