NEW DELHI: A political row has erupted in West Bengal after an image of the class 10 model question paper asking students to mark “Azad Kashmir” in a map went viral on social media, even as the Ministry of Education on Wednesday has asked for a factual report from the West Bengal government.
While the opposition BJP claimed it to be a “jihadi conspiracy”, the ruling TMC in the state termed it a mistake that it does not support.
Sources said that the union ministry of education has asked for a factual report on the class 10 model question paper asking students to mark “Azad Kashmir” in a map.
“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.
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.