Question on Azad Kashmir in 10th paper in Bengal: Bengal Teachers Association had prepared the paper

Question on Azad Kashmir in the 10th paper in Bengal: Bengal Teachers Association had prepared the paper; the Same question was asked last week

Jan 23, 2023 - 16:53
Question on Azad Kashmir in 10th paper in Bengal: Bengal Teachers Association had prepared the paper

Controversy has arisen over the question on Azad Kashmir in the 10th pre-board exam in West Bengal. In the test paper published by the All Bengal Teachers' Association (ABTA), students were asked to write notes on Azad Kashmir. Last week, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) also asked questions on Azad Kashmir, on which the controversy is still going on.
These questions are being disputed because India calls the part of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan has given the name Azad Kashmir to this part. The Indian government does not recognize the name, Azad Kashmir. In such a situation, a controversy has arisen when the question with this name appears in the test paper.
ABTA is the organization of leftist school teachers of the state. Its general secretary Sukumar Pan admitted that such a question was asked in the test paper of the association. He said that reference has been given in the syllabus of the board, and there is also a reference in the books approved by the state government. Controversy is going on in this matter, so it would have been better if such a question would not come in our test paper.
Recently, in the test paper made by the West Bengal School Service Commission, a similar question was asked to the children of class 10th. In this paper, the children were asked to mark Azad Kashmir on the map. There was a big political uproar regarding this.
The controversy that started on the WBBSE paper has reached the center. The Union Education Minister has written a letter to the State Education Department seeking an answer in this regard. It has been said in this letter that the issue of 'Azad Kashmir' is a very sensitive issue and the Government of India does not recognize 'Pakistan Occupied Kashmir' as 'Azad Kashmir'.
Realizing the seriousness of the matter, the State Education Department has started an internal inquiry into the matter. Sources say that a total of 9 teachers have been identified and warned in this regard. A letter has also been sent warning the headmaster of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Vidyamandir. In the exam paper made by this school, a question was asked about Azad Kashmir.
Every year WBBSE releases the papers set by some of the leading schools of the state for the final test exam of class 10th. Along with this, it also works to guide the students appearing in the tenth board examination. ABTA issues its own paper alongside these papers.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer