Bengal News: Mamta government embroiled in controversies regarding test paper, told PoK ‘Azad Kashmir’


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Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is referred to as “Azad Kashmir” by Pakistan and in West Bengal it is mentioned as Azad Kashmir in the test paper released for class X examination.

The Mamta government has been mired in controversies regarding the test paper of an examination in West Bengal. A picture of a class 10 exam question asking students to mark “Azad Kashmir” on a map. This question created a political uproar in West Bengal. While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called it a “jihadist” conspiracy, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government called it a mistake which they do not support. According to a corrigendum provided by the board on 17 January, the question should be read as “Kashmir” instead of “Azad Kashmir”.

In fact, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is referred to as “Azad Kashmir” by Pakistan and in the test paper released for Class X examination in West Bengal, it has been mentioned as Azad Kashmir. While India refers to the region as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Since 1947, it has been a contentious topic between the two countries. Students preparing for Class 10 secondary exams, which are often held in March or April, use test papers. The book is a compilation of questions supplied by government schools across Bengal and published by the board each year. Page 132 of the document contains the controversial question.

Ramanuja Gangopadhyay, chairman of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, assured the media that experts from the board would examine the situation and take appropriate measures. Our experts will review the question. We will inquire who set the question and who reviewed it. Action will be taken as per the provisions in the Act of the Board. We will publish our decision, whether a clarification or a correction, on our website. Everything will be official,” he said, claiming that the wrongdoers will not get off easily.

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