Only days after Bihar’s topper scam debacle, Jharkhand has now come under fire after students were found cheating in exams. Students of RS More College in Govindpur in Dhanbad district were caught on camera using unfair means to write their class 11 examinations outdoors on July 9.
The mass copying incident has caused greater embarrassment for state government as Chief Minister Raghubar Das had only recently invited Bihar students to come and study in the ‘educational hub’ Jharkhand to save their career and credibility.
Responding to media reports on the incident, Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) deputy chairman Phool Singh told a newspaper that he learnt about the large-scale cheating by students at the examination centre from newspapers reports and will take action against people responsible.
“It is a serious matter and after holding discussions with the JAC chairman (Arvind Prasad Singh), a probe will be conducted and action will be taken,” he told media.
Five to six examinees were also seen sitting on a bench on Monday and copying answers from books. The father of an examinee was caught in camera while writing answers for his son.
Media reports quoted Centre Superintendent Kiran Singh as saying there was not enough room for all the students to sit indoors. A nearby school was used for the examination after getting permission of the Govindpur block circle officer, but the space was not enough for more than 1000 students, said Kiran Singh, also the principal of the college.