A school in India has apologised after bizarre images of students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads during a chemistry exam went viral.
The images circulated on social media show the students at Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri, Karnataka state sitting in rows with the boxes over their heads, cut open at one side.
The photos were reportedly posted on Facebook by a staff member and they quickly went viral, with many people left outraged at the practice.
Even government officials weighed in .
Suresh Kumar, the state education minister, said in a tweet that the school’s practice was “unacceptable. Nobody has any right to treat anybody more so students like animals. This (perversion) will be dealt with aptly.”
According to the school management head, M.B. Sateesh, the school implemented the boxes on an ‘experimental basis’ last week after seeing it being done elsewhere.
‘There was no compulsion of any kind. You can see in the photograph that some students were not wearing it,’ he told BBC Hindi.
‘Some who wore it removed it after 15 minutes, some after 20 minutes and we ourselves asked them to remove it after one hour.’