In what seems like a natural follow-up to Kevin’s post yesterday about the poor state of Indian public education, QZ documents the blatant cheating that has been going on “students taking the state’s class 10 standardized test.” According to the article,
“Because the government has such low incentive to invest in education, there are limited seats in class 11 and a miniscule acceptance rate at India’s most competitive colleges. So in order to get one of those seats, it’s not enough to just study and do well on these tests, you have to be the best.”
So the parents (putting more faith in the infrastructure of the building than I would), climb the walls of the school and pass the answers to their kids. Here’s a photo:
Apparently it isn’t much better at the university level, at least not in Bihar. Amitava Kumar, the author of a book called A Matter of Rats, writes that “In Patna University, a faculty member told me, it is entirely possible for examinations to be delayed by two or three years, and when examinations are finally held, everyone feels free to cheat.”
If everyone can cheat anyway, why the years-long delay?