Dhanbad: Very recently, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das had exhorted students from Bihar to come to his state to pursue education.
He had cited recent cases of cheating and the Bihar toppers scam while asking students to come to the ‘education hub’ of Jharkhand and also safeguard their image as well as their career's credibility.
However, just days later, the claim of credibility stands hollow.
In pictures that resemble the situation in Bihar, students were seen indulging in mass copying in the open while appearing for an examination conducted by a college in Dhanbad district.
As per a report in the Hindustan Times, the incident happened on July 9 during the Class 11 examination conducted by the RS More College in Govindpur.
Pictures available with the media show students sitting under trees on the campus while writing the exam and using unfair means.
In fact, some of the students were seen sitting together on a bench and noting down answers from books.
What was more shocking was that the father of an examinee was seen writing answers for his son, the newspaper reported.
“I have come to know from newspapers about large-scale cheating by students at the examination centre and will take action against people responsible,” Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) deputy chairman Phool Singh said, as reported by the newspaper.
“It is a serious matter and after holding discussions with the JAC chairman (Arvind Prasad Singh), a probe will be conducted and action will be taken,” Phool Singh added.
A professor at the college told the daily, “The intermediate examination at the RS More College centre has surpassed the notoriety of the Bihar Examination Board in allowing cheating in examination.”
Justifying the move to allow students to sit in the open while writing their exams, examination centre superintendent Kiran Singh said they did not have enough space for all the examinees to sit indoors.
The JAC is responsible for conducting secondary school and intermediate examinations in the state.
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 13, 2016