Millions of Indian students to resit exam after leak

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NEW DELHI (AFP) – India vowed yesterday to strengthen its online security after high school exam papers were leaked ahead of crucial tests, forcing millions of students to resit their finals.

Education Minister Prakash Javadekar said an investigation was underway into how the mathematics and economics papers were accessed and spread via WhatsApp before the exam.

The Central Board of Secondary Education papers are crucial for students hoping to secure admission to some of India’s most prestigious public universities and there was widespread anger at the leak.

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Police in Delhi investigating the leak said 25 people, including students and tutors, had been questioned as part of their inquiries but no arrests made so far.

Cheating in exams is common in India including paying large bribes to buy test papers, although there have been more elaborate ruses.

Hundreds of people were arrested in eastern Bihar state in 2015 for scaling the walls of schools and providing crib sheets and study materials to their relatives during exams.

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