Bihar mass cheating: Lalu Prasad Yadav favours open-book system in examination

| Monday, March 23, 2015 - 19:27
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Bihar mass cheating

PATNA: In context of the ongoing controversy over mass examination cheating in Bihar caught on camera, former Chief Minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav delivered controversial remarks likely to invite problems for him. Yadav stated that had he been in power, he would have let examinees refers text books and write answers. 

“Had it been my government, we would have given books to examinees to write ... only those who have read could write answers from books and for those who have not exam duration of three hours would end and they would still be searching for answers,” said the former Chief Minister addressing a function after inaugurating a school in a remote village of Buxar district on Sunday.

The visuals of the mass cheating had grabbed the international attention and drew countrywide criticism.

Joking about the visuals where parents were seen climbing three to four storey building to supply chits for cheating to their kids, Yadav said that ‘it appeared as lizards are sticking on a wall’. 

“While parents were trying to slip inside like a cat, policemen outside have been shown sleeping,” added Yadav.

The RJD leader criticized the Bihar education minister PK Shahi for offering ‘lame excuse’ that state government solely could not check the cheating in examination.

Lalu Prasad Yadav received support from the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi over his idea of open-book system in examination.

“Open-book system in examination is prevalent in prominent universities in America and elsewhere in the world. It has the logic that only student who has read the book could trace the answer,” Sushil Modi told reporters.

However, he said that the use of books in examination is a separate issue and could not be linked with uncontrolled cheating in current matriculation exam which drew rage of the Patna High Court too.

“While chief minister Nitish Kumar is trying to highlight glory of the state through function on the occasion of ‘Bihar Divas’, visuals of cheating in examination has piled shame on the state from across the world ... it’s enough to show the truth of ‘sushasan’ (good governance) in a short spell of one month of Kumar in office,” said the BJP leader.

Leader of opposition in legislative assembly Nand Kishore Yadav took exception to RJD chief comment on mass scale use of unfair means in matriculation exam and said it reflected the way government was running with the help of RJD and Congress.
(With PTI Inputs)

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why people resort to cheating

The teaching methods, the falling discipline in the environment of the institutions (of both the educator & the students), lack of infrastructure / facilities at par with better placed institutions elsewhere, and last but not the least the impending cut throat competition in entrance & jobs, they all create a miserably panicky situation for the parents. In Bihar, where people seem to be more determined & laborious in trying to achieve govt jobs, the stage is set for just such incidents. Just being strict or brutal during exams is not advisable. Rather, basic issues (raised above), should be corrected and solutions would follow. Lets not forget, Bihar is where Nalanda & Vikramiditya thrived.....

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