And this year’s secondary examination is going to start in a few days. Meanwhile, the Madhyamik Education Board is keen to put an end to the ‘Azad Kashmir’ controversy surrounding the Madhyamik test papers given by the Board. Recently, the board issued a statement on the matter by publishing a circular. Also, the Board of Secondary Education has amended by removing the bracket of the word ‘Azad Kashmir’ from the test paper of Madhyamik.
The recently released board test papers were ranked like every year to the question papers of various schools. After that, a controversy arose around the question paper of Malda’s Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Vidyamandir in the related test paper. It can be seen that in that question paper, at one place Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has been mentioned as ‘Azad Kashmir’ and the examinees have been asked to mark that ‘Azad Kashmir’ on the map of India. After that, the debate on the issue started in different circles. A variety of political issues arose. Union Minister of State for Education attended the incident. He said that the central government will investigate the matter separately.
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After that, Board President Ramanuja Gangopadhyay made a statement on behalf of the Board of Secondary Education. He said that the test paper was prepared by combining the question papers of different schools for the convenience of the candidates. He also said that the board will take legal action against those who are behind this incident. Error correction will also be arranged. The headmaster of Vivekananda Vidyamandir, Ramakrishna Mission, Malda also gave a statement on the matter. He said, this question has been asked only to highlight the history. It is not the intention here to spread negative influence among the students.
After that recently Madhya Shiksha Parshad released a circular saying that the amendment is being issued in view of the Madhyamik test paper of 2022-23 published by the West Bengal Madhya Shiksha Parshad. Whereas in the first option on page 132 of the test paper, the words ‘Azad Kashmir’ shall be replaced by ‘Kashmir’. That is, the corresponding word bracket has been omitted and amended by the Board of Secondary Education. At the same time, the board apologized in the notification for having the associated word brackets.