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Hundreds of students expelled for exam cheating

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
This Wednesday, March 18, 2014 file photo shows Indians climbing the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar

PATNA, (AP):

About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations last week, education authorities said Friday.

The incident has received widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams.

More than 1.4 million 10th graders are taking the tests at more than 1,200 high schools across the state. They face tremendous pressure because they must pass the exams to continue their education.

Teachers and state education department officials supervising the examination caught hundreds of students who had smuggled in text books or scraps of paper for cheating.

State authorities posted police at all schools where examinations were being held.

Nearly two dozen parents were detained after they were caught helping their children, but were released after several hours.