Authorities in Bihar, India have asked students not to wear shoes or socks to stop them from cheating during exams.
Lots of videos have surfaced online on how vast Indian students are at ‘assisting’ each other during examinations. It is no surprise that the authorities have taken this measure to clamp down on cheats during examinations.
The rule comes into effect on 21 February when roughly 1.8 million 15-year-olds will appear for their final school exam – the class 10 test. Bihar is well known for the gross misconduct of students cheating and sneaking in notes during examinations.
Authorities went as far as putting in place cameras for utmost supervision and prevented from entering the hall if they come in with shoes or socks.
In 2013, more than 1,600 students were expelled for cheating in school. And 100 parents were also detained for helping their children cheat in the exams.
After authorities cracked down on cheating in 2016, Bihar’s pass rate fell from more than 70% in 2014 and 2015 to barely 50%.
Hopefully, this measure will cause the students to be more studious and bring the change the authorities hope for.