Bihar state board Class VII paper mentions Kashmir as a country

BIHAR: Bihar education department officials were caught napping on an issue of great national and international importance.

As per a report in The Times of India, the Bihar education department experts believe Kashmir is 'a separate country, located outside India'.

In a class VII question paper put together by the state board, students across all government schools were asked to name what the people of five countries - China, Nepal, England, Kashmir and India - are called.

The question, obviously, stumped students who knew that Kashmir is a part of India.

The erroneous question was reported to authorities by a student in Vaishali district.

Commenting on the error, Vaishali district education officer Sangeeta Sinha told TOI: "I was on leave and have just resumed work. I will have to look into the matter."

The Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) state programme officer Prem Chandra, however, was more forthcoming. He admitted the gaffe and said, "It's very embarrassing, I admit."

But Chandra has described it as a 'printing error'.


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