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High-Stakes Testing

In Bihar, India, student cheating on state exams is such a big problem that police have been assigned to help stop it, and parents have been detained. But in some cases, police have been caught helping. “It may be that even their kin are taking the exams,” said education minister PK Shahi. Parents have even resorted to climbing the exterior walls of test centers to pass cheat sheets to their kids. Shahi is frustrated. “Over [1.4 million] students are taking the examination. You tell us what can the government do to stop cheating if parents and relatives are not ready to cooperate? Should the government give orders to shoot them?” (AC/Times of India, Washington Post) ...Maybe you could try a testing policy that doesn’t get people climbing the walls.
Original Publication Date: 22 March 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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