Two hundred students appearing for Matriculation in Bihar Board on Wednesday were disqualified on the first day of the exam in Chhapra district of Bihar, said reports.
A Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) official said, "The students were expelled on charges of adopting unfair means. Nearly 100 parents or guardians were arrested for abetment".
Officials said that the mass cheating involved not only parents but also invigilators and policemen stationed in the schools. Some students went to the extent of bribing the cops to allow copying in the exams. They were cheating on a English paper on the first day of the matriculation examination held by the BSEB.
There were also reports of cheating from Shekhpura, Muzzaffarpur, Darbangha, Gaya, Patna, Jehanabad and Bhagalpur, despite the arrangements made by BSEB to prevent malpractices in the exams.
According to BSEB, more than 1.3 million students are writing their Class X exams this year, out of which 13.67 lakh students appeared at Bihar centres. Most of the students said the paper was easy and according to their expectations.
The first day of the examination saw many anxious parents waiting at the centres for the exam to end. "Bihar board papers can be tricky at times and one doesn't know if my child would suddenly require something. So, I stayed at the centre," said a parent.
(With inputs from IANS and The Times of India)