NCPCR seeks explanation from MP board for mentioning PoK as Azad Kashmir in Class 10 paper

In a letter to MPBSE secretary, the Commission's chairman, Priyank Kanoongo, said prima facie this seems to be a criminal offence.

Published: 07th March 2020 08:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2020 08:20 PM   |  A+A-

Question paper in Madhya Pradesh. (Photo| EPS)

Question paper in Madhya Pradesh. (Photo| EPS)


NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Saturday sought explanation from the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) on 'Pakistan Occupied Kashmir' being mentioned as 'Azad Kashmir' in a Class 10 question paper.

In a letter to MPBSE secretary, the Commission's chairman, Priyank Kanoongo, said prima facie this seems to be a criminal offence.

"You are requested to urgently investigate into this matter. The Commission may also be informed of the action taken against the person responsible in this matter," the letter said.

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One of the questions in the Social Science examination of Class 10 asked candidates to identify 'Azad Kashmir' on the map.

The term also occurred in a match-a-pair question.

"Such kinds of questions are potentially misleading which can negatively influence the minds of children, since Azad Kashmir is not a constitutionally approved phrase or term," Kanoongo said.

"Also, usage of such terms in examination paper by the Madhya Pradesh State Board is viewed as endorsement of such phrases which is not in consonance with the Constitution of India," he added.

He sought an action taken report from the MPBSE in the matter.

"In absence of compliance report within stipulated time, the Commission will be constrained to take further action as per the provisions contained in Section 14 of CPCR Act, 2005," he said in the letter.


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  • Yash

    Azad Kashmir is not the same as POK. It is a part of it. POK includes two provinces that have been named as Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Azad Kashmir in short) by Pakistan. Those ignorants, often of BJP, who are suggesting that Azad Kashmir is equal to POK are undermining India's own stance by excluding Gilgit Baltistan from India (POK). Also, while Azad Kashmir is not an official term for India, I believe that students should be taught about the geographical reality of Pakistani control of Indian territory and not be kept in ignorance. As a child, I was not taught that there are areas in Jammu and Kashmir that are occupied by Pakistan. I later came to know about it. Instead of falling prey to any fake news, if students are taught the reality in school/college itself then it will be good.
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