PATNA: Although a question posed in the class 7 exam of a Kishanganj school in Bihar that identified Kashmir as a country sparked a strong controversy in political circles, the state education minister ordered an investigation into the ” glaring error “by the paper positioner.
State Education Minister Chandrashekhar told the media that he asked the Kishanganj District Magistrate to investigate the incident and report the matter as soon as possible. He claimed that severe action would be taken against the person responsible for raising this issue.
In the above exam, students of their English paper were asked what the names of the people of five countries are: China, Nepal, England, Kashmir and India.

Kashmir IANS interrogative paper

Surprisingly, the same question had been asked at the school exam in Vaishali in 2017 and had also generated a quarrel in political circles at that time.
Bihar state president BJP Sanjay Jaiswal took to his social media and shared the image of the interrogative document as well as captioning it as: “… Nitish Kumar is so restless with his desire to become Prime Minister that they are by inflicting anti-national interrogative documents on class 7 children “.
BJP Kishanganj District President Sushant Gope said: “This is an attempt to air the Mahagathbandhan’s peace policy. There is an attempt to show Kashmir and India separate in the minds of children. It is not a mistake, it is part of Nitish Kumar’s conspiracy to obtain political results before the upcoming elections ”.
The Education Minister, however, said that this issue should not be given any political color as it is simply a mistake on the part of a paper setter. Such errors do occur sometimes and the government has already initiated measures to rectify the error and punish the guilty, he said.
Taking a look at the nuances and shouts raised by BJP leaders on this issue, the minister asked what they did when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had beaten both Nalanda and Taxila as part of Bihar.
The school authorities made it clear that the interrogation document was prepared by the Bihar Education Project Council for government schools. The original question was “What are the Kashmiri people called?”, But what happened on the question sheet was a misprint due to human error.
Subhash Gupta, Kishanganj District Education Officer, said the state education department conducted mid-term exams for students in grades one to eight, which ran from 12 October to 18 October.
Application documents at the Patna office and a district have no role to play. The State Council for Research and Educational Training (SCERT) establishes questioning documents and overall responsibility rests with the BEPC. “It’s just human error,” she said.

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