Hills question board motive

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Feb. 27: A question in today’s Madhyamik examination kicked off a controversy with teachers here slamming the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education for being insensitive to hill sentiments.

The question in the Second Language (English) paper read: “Suppose one of your friends will come to Kolkata for the first time and spend a few days in the city. Write a letter to her/him (in not more than 120 words) about the important places of Kolkata that she/he may like to visit.”

“How will a student in the hills or any other area in Bengal, who has never visited the city, write about the place. In any case, the English paper is supposed to test the language skill of a student and not his or her general knowledge,” said Bhisan Roka, the spokesperson for the Janmukti Secondary Teachers’ Organisation’s Kalimpong unit.

Roka alleged that the question betrayed the insensitivity of the board towards the hill students. “The board must suitably compensate the students as every mark is very crucial in such an important examination,” Roka added.

The letter-writing carries 10 marks in the 100-mark second language paper.

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