"The Union HRD Ministry will seek a report from the state on the subject and give guidelines to conduct cheating-free examination," Kushwaha sought.

"The matriculation examinations in the state are being conducted under pathetic conditions," Kushwaha added and slammed State Education Minister P K Shahi for not being able to ensure cheating-free exams and instead putting the onus on parents of examinees on the issue.

"The Patna High Court has rightly said that if the Minister has not been able to conduct fair examination he should keep himself away from the responsibility," the MoS HRD asserted.

If he (Shahi) is not competent he should make way for others... he should be asked to say so,  annoyed  Kushwaha, who is also the president of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), an ally of BJP in NDA.

A total of 14.26 lakh students were appearing for the exams at 1,217 centres in the state that started on March 17.

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