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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Schools in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh are known for their notorious “cheating mafias”, running rackets by providing proxies to write exams, and acquiring duplicate answer sheets amongst other means. The head of the state launched a drive to prevent mass cheating on examinations in 2019.

    A school principal in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been caught red-handed giving tips and tricks to students to cheat in the upcoming career-defining examinations. 

    Soon after a video went viral on social media, the state police launched an inquiry into the matter and detained the manager.

    In the video, Praveen Mall, principal of a school was secretly filmed asking students to cheat without any fear of being caught and maintain discipline if caught.

    “Don't leave any answers. Just put an INR 100 note in the answer sheet... the teachers will blindly give you passing marks. Even if you give wrong answer to a question, which is for four marks, they will give you three marks", Mall said in the video. 

    The principal asked the students to make the school proud by passing with good marks and said: "Even if your chit (cheating material) get caught, maintain discipline. If the invigilator slaps you, tell him to slap you more. Request him".

    The video clip has led to people raising questions about the state's education system and the government’s measures to tackle the situation. Netizens also slammed Mall for giving tips to cheat instead of teaching students.

    A crackdown by the state government in 2019 saw over 1 million students out of a total 6.6 million dropping out of annual examinations. 

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