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Vexed at gruelling body searches, Bihar student reaches exam hall in vest and towel

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PATNA: The Bihar state government’s move to take tough measures to conduct “cheat-free” examinations has certainly not gone down well within thousands of students taking Grade 12 examinations this time.

Under part of such measures, the students reaching the examination centres are being made to pass through grueling scrutiny, which include extensive body searches of the examinees by making them remove shirts, pants, shoes and shocks every day. The idea is aimed at preventing the students from carrying any cheats to the examination centres.

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However, the move has resulted in mute protests from the students. Irked at routine body searches by the authorities, an intermediate examinee today reached his examination centre only partly dressed, leaving the authorities highly embarrassed and bewildered. More than 1.16 million students are appearing at the Grade 12 examination being conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board this year.

Reports said officials were utterly surprised when an examinee taking examination at RDS School centre at Chapra in Saran district arrived there in yellow vest and a loose coloured towel wrapping around his waist. On being quizzed, he told the authorities that how he had been living in a state of shock over his extensive body searches before entering the centre every day to check if he was carrying any cheats with him. So, he decided to reach the exam hall only partly dressed to skip grueling searches.

The official had no valid reason to prevent him from taking examination. Eventually, he sat among other examinees and gave his tests.

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Another student identified as Alok Kumar has been caught on camera pinning up Rs 100 Indian currency note to his blank answer-sheet to appeal the evaluators give him pass marks. The student taking examination at the Sardar Patel Memorial College, Biharsharif alleged the teacher did never cared about studies and completed his course. “Jab unhone kuchchha diya hi nahin…to soche ki hamahi unhe kuchch de dete hain,” he remarked.

“You tell me sir, what should we do now? You disallow us from cheating in the examination without completing the courses. This is a cruel act with poor students,” he was quoted as telling one of the teachers at the examination halls.

The impact of the government’s strict measures is underlined from the very fact that more than 1,200 students have been disqualified from class 12 examinations for cheating and dozens of other people have been arrested for helping them in the past four days since the examination began on Wednesday.

This year the authorities had tightened up security measures around the examination halls to ensure embarrassing pictures of cheating did not appear this time as was visible during the last year’s matriculation examinations when the parents and family members climbed up the walls of a multi-storeyed exam centre in Vaishali district and passed on cheats to the students, earning global condemnation.

Such protests are nothing new to the state. A couple of years back, thousands of college teachers from Bihar protested on the streets of Delhi, clad only in their underwear to protest non-payment of salaries which, they said, had pushed them on the verge of starvation.

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