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Rajasthan Class X English paper describes PM Modi as "Croad-Puller", most "sovy" political leader in India

Nishant Chhabra | Updated on: 14 December 2017, 19:33 IST
Teachers suspended for incorrect spellings

The Education Department in Rajasthan has suspended two of its female teachers after an English question paper of Class X reported errors which had references to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others. The examination paper had a passage on PM Narendra Modi which had a few gross mistakes. The last sentence of the paper reads,"As a spoker he is known as a croad-puller. He is the most sovy political leader of India."

The examination paper was circulated in Jaipur district after which the errors came to the knowledge of the department officials. According to the officials, the negligence took place at two levels. First, by the two teachers who set the paper and the second, at the press which printed it. At one place, lotus is printed as "lotoaus."  Deliberately became 'delibrately' and violence read as 'voilence.' The question paper has other serious mistakes in spellings such as Gujarat written as 'Gujrat'  and Gujarati  as 'Gujrati'. 

"One of the teachers, Ritu Srivastava, prepared the question paper and another teacher, Sarita Yadav, moderated it but errors were left out in the paper. Around 15-16 errors were committed by the teachers themselves while the printing press contributed other 12-13 inaccuracies. All errors were related to spellings. We have suspended both the teachers and decided to penalise the printing press," said, Ratan Singh Yadav, District Education Officer (DEO), Jaipur (II). 

However, DEO Yadav at the same time defended the act of omissions.  "The bodies like Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) and others too make mistakes. If they can make such mistakes, we are just a district level body. It's OK ".

There are more than 2 lakh students in about 35,000 government and private schools in Jaipur which are affiliated to RBSE.  The matter has grabbed headlines in the state as it had once again shown the learning and teaching abilities of government teachers. However, there academicians in the Rajasthan capital who think that in the first place itself it was not proper for the Education Department authorities to allow the question papers to carry  "politically partisan" aspects. They are also quick to point out that even if the errors were not there the  English paper in question would not have been any less controversial!  

(With Agency Inputs)

First published: 14 December 2017, 19:32 IST