Kolkata: The Government of India has sought an explanatory report from the state government of West Bengal after a row erupted in Bengal over the recently-released compilation of test-papers for secondary examination released by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination (WBBSE) having a question on ‘Azad Kashmir’.
WBBSE releases the test-paper compilation every year, which contains Class 10 final test examination (pre-board) questions of some leading schools. The compilation acts as a suggestion for the candidates appearing for the Class 10 board exams, IANS reported.
However, page 132 of this year’s test-paper carried a question paper of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Vidyamandir, Malda, with a question that asks the students to point out ‘Azad Kashmir’ on the map.
The report quoting sources in the state government said that a communique from the Education Ministry of India has reached the state secretariat, seeking an explanatory note from the West Bengal education department on this count.
In the communique, it has been stated that the matter of ‘Azad Kashmir’ is an extremely sensitive issue and the government of India does not recognise ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir’ as ‘Azad Kashmir’.