Another incident has put education authorities of India in bad light. According to some “experts” in the Bihar education department think Kashmir is not a part of India, but a separate country. It’s really embarassing to find out the poor knowledge of state board experts.
This blunder was actually a part of a question paper prepared by the Bihar board for the standard VII students of all government schools in the state. In one of the questions, the students were asked to name what the people of five countries — China, Nepal, England, Kashmir and India — are called.
The examinations are being conducted under the Centre’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), a wing of the state education department, monitors in the state.
BEPC state programme officer Prem Chandra has admitted that it was blunder on their part. Explaning it was a printing error, Chandra said, “It’s very embarrassing, I admit.”
This mistake was first pointed out by a student of the Vaishali district on Tuesday. Vaishali district education officer Sangeeta Sinha has assured that she will probe the matter. “I was on leave and have just resumed work. I will have to look into the matter,” Sinha was quoted as saying by the English daily.
This is not the first time when Bihar education authorities have made such blunders about facts regarding India. In August, a Sanskrit book being used as text in several CBSE-affiliated schools in Madhya Pradesh had been found saying that India had won the 1962 war between India and China.
“What famously came to be known as Sino-India war of 1962 was won by India against China,” claimed the Sanskrit textbook titled “Sukritika.” The 1962 war, also known as the Sino-Indian Border Conflict, was won by China.