Most parents encourage their kids to knuckle down and do their homework when it comes to getting a good education.
During India’s equivalent to GCSE exam time, they scaled the walls of a school building in their droves to help their children to cheat.
In the remarkable footage, the families of pupils can be seen climbing to perilous heights to pass notes through the windows to their children.
The footage, taken at the Vidya Niketan School in the eastern state of Bihar, has resulted in the expulsion of more than 600 pupils.
Parents were also seen staging similar interventions in the cities of Hajipur and Nawada, with one parent telling NDTV that they were forced to take drastic action because ‘teachers don’t teach anything’, and often failed to turn up to class.
State Education Minister P.K. Shahi described the cheating as a ‘huge problem’.
‘It is the responsibility of the society to ensure a cheating-free exam’, he said.
‘First, I appeal to parents and guardians to stop cheating to help the government ensure free and fair exams’.
According to officials, more than 1,000 students were caught cheating in subjects including Maths and English, but only a few more than 600 were eventually expelled, while several parents were also arrested.
Almost 1.5 million students are currently undertaking India’s class 10 board tests, amid reports of widespread cheating and parents bribing officials to let them into examination halls.