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Education ministry seeks factual report from Bengal govt on 'Azad Kashmir' question

Education ministry seeks factual report from Bengal govt on ‘Azad Kashmir’ question

January 18, 2023

The Ministry of Education has asked for a factual report from the West Bengal government on a class 10 model question paper asking students to mark “Azad Kashmir” in a map, sources said on Wednesday.

“The ministry has taken a serious view of news reports on a question for class 10 examination 2022-23 of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education asking the students to identify ‘Azad Kashmir’ on India’s map,” a source said.

“The ministry has asked for a factual report along with an Action Taken Report from the Education Department of West Bengal in connection with the question in the test paper,” the source added.

A political row had erupted in West Bengal on Tuesday after an image of the class 10 model question paper asking students to mark “Azad Kashmir” in a map went viral on social media, with the opposition BJP claiming it to be a “jihadi conspiracy” and the ruling TMC in the state terming it a mistake that it does not support.

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education president Ramanuj Ganguly had conceded that the “goof-up” took place in the test papers published by the autonomous body, adding that action was being taken against those responsible for the mistake.

Also Read: WBBSE issues apology after question on “Azad Kashmir” goes viral

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