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Oct 11, 2017 05:03 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Kashmir is a country according to question paper of a Bihar govt school

According to Sanjay Singh from the Bihar Project Education Council (BPEC), the error seems to have appeared because of an omitted word.

Kashmir is a country according to question paper of a Bihar govt school

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One of the questions asked in an examination of a Bihar government school suggested that Kashmir is a country, with officials later blaming the error on a printing mistake.

“What are the people in the following countries called?” was one of the questions posed to students of Class 7 during a half-yearly assessment. The options included China, Nepal, India, England and Kashmir.

According to Sanjay Singh from the Bihar Project Education Council (BPEC), the error seems to have appeared because of an omitted word.

Singh told the Hindustan Times that the original question intended to have countries/states as per the book from which the question was taken.

Somehow, states were omitted during printing and remained undetected. “But it should not have happened in that manner,” said Singh, according to a report in Hindustan Times.

The error slipped through despite measures taken for verification by the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and experts.

The BPEC, a wing of the state education department which organised the exam, also happens to be the organization responsible for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Despite the RTE ruling that students need not pass exams to go up a class, Bihar is conducting two assessments in a year to improve standards.

The majority of Bihar school students are currently taking the bi-annual test, which started on October 5 and October 11. The test is taking place without textbooks since printing was not completed six months after the session began in April.
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