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Authorities in India’s eastern state of Bihar have asked students not to wear shoes or socks to stop them from cheating during exams, BBC reports

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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 has long been notorious for students cheating in tests.

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Officials said students would also be searched before they enter the exam hall and that they would be monitored by video while writing answers to the exam questions.

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In 2016, Bihar state had announced measures such as fines and jail terms to stop cheating in school exams. A 17-year-old top-performing student from the state was arrested after she was suspected of cheating and failed a retest.

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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.

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After authorities cracked down on cheating in 2016, Bihar’s pass rate fell from more than 70% in 2014 and 2015 to barely 50%. Acing school exams is seen as crucial for a successful career in India. 📸: AFP

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