Fact Check: Old Image From Bihar Viral As People Cheating In An Exam In Gujarat

A screenshot of a tweet by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is being circulated online. In the tweet, Kejriwal has quoted another tweet with an image showing people peeping through multiple windows in a building. As per the tweet, the image showed mass scale cheating in an examination in Gujarat.

Kejriwal’s tweet read, “भाजपा के लोग भी गुजरात की चरमराती शिक्षा पर प्रश्न उठा रहे। पार्टी लाइन से ऊपर उठकर गुजरात में अच्छी शिक्षा के लिए आवाज़ उठने लगी है। 27 साल में भाजपा अच्छी शिक्षा नहीं दे पायी। गुजरात के लोगों और सभी पार्टियों को साथ लेकर “आप” सरकार गुजरात में भी दिल्ली की तरह अच्छी शिक्षा देगी.”

(English: People of BJP are also raising questions on the crumbling education of Gujarat. Rising above the party line, voice has started rising for a good education in Gujarat. BJP could not give good education in 27 years. Taking the people of Gujarat and all the parties along, the “AAP” government will give good education in Gujarat as well as in Delhi.)

Facebook users are now sharing the screengrab of the tweet with the text, “ये है गुजरात की शिक्षा व्यवस्था, ऐसे में नीरव मोदी , मेहुल चौकसी ……. जैसे लोग ही बनेंगे न”

(English: This is the education system of Gujarat, in such a situation only people like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi…will be made.)


Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found that the image of students cheating in the examination is not from Gujarat.

We cropped the picture from the screengrab of the tweet and ran it through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to an article by CNN published in March 2015, featuring the same image.

“Bihar cheating scandal: What parents in India will do for good grades,” the headline of the report read.

The Washington Post also shared the video of the same incident in a report published on March 20, 2015. The description read, “Scores of friends and family were caught helping Indian students cheat on state exams, which are seen as make-or-break tests that could transform the lives of millions growing up in poverty.”

The same image was also present in a report by Cosmopolitan and CBC News published in 2015. According to NBC News, 600 students were expelled for cheating. The report also mentioned that the students were taking their 10th-grade school finals in Bihar.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral image dates back to 2015 and is from Bihar and not related to Gujarat as claimed in the post.

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