‘Mentioned in Govt approved syllabus’: Question on ‘Azad Kashmir’ figures in another test paper in Bengal

A building of West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination (WBBSE) in Kolkata. [File Photo]

Kolkata: Controversy over a question on “Azad Kashmir” in the test paper of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) is yet to be over and a fresh row has started in the state after a similar question appeared in the exam paper published by All Bengal Teachers’ Association (ABTA).

Besides WBBSE officially releasing the test paper compilation every year, which contains Class 10 final test examination (pre-board) questions of some leading schools and acts as a guide for the candidates appearing for the Class 10 board examinations, ABTA also publishes a parallel exam paper on its part, IANS reported.

The ABTA is basically an association of school teachers in the state.

Last week there was major political uproar over the issue after a question in WBBSE’s test paper was detected where the students were asked to point out the location of “Azad Kashmir” on the map. Now, a fresh uproar has started with the ABTA.

A question paper released by it asks the students to write a note about “Azad Kashmir”.

ABTA’s general secretary Sukumar Pain admitted the existence of such a question in the association’s test paper. “But the syllabus of the board itself has reference to this matter. The state government-approved books too have references to this matter. Since there is a controversy in the matter, it would have been better if the related question had not been there in our test paper,” he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, controversies over the question in WBBSE’s test paper have reached the GoI level, with India’s Education Ministry seeking an explanatory note from the state education department.


Free Press Kashmir is now on Telegram. Click here to Join.
FPK Android App for 2G. Click here to Download.

Click to comment
To Top