Ministry releases names of teachers who prepared controversial ‘creative’ question for HSC Bangla exam

The Council for Secondary and Higher Education, which is under the Ministry of Education, has released the names of the teachers who prepared and examined the controversial ‘creative’ question of the 1st article in Bengali in the ongoing Certificate of Education examination. secondary education (HSC) which caused an uproar.

The contentious issue was prepared and reviewed by five teachers from the Jashore Board of Education, Abul Khair, senior information officer at the Ministry of Education, told The Business Standard on Tuesday (November 8).

According to the board of education, Proshanta Kumar Pal, assistant professor at Dr. Saiful Islam Degree College, Jhenaidah’s Moheshpur prepared the contentious question paper, which was then reviewed by four other teachers from the board of education in Jashore.

Teachers who have looked into the matter are – Syed Tajuddin Shaon, Associate Professor at Government Victoria College, Narail; Md Shafikul Rahman, Associate Professor at Satkhira Government Mohila College; Shyamol Kumar Ghosh, Assistant Professor at Mirzapur United College, Narail and Md Rezaul Karim, Assistant Professor at Bheramara Adarsha College, Kushtia.

Earlier, a question in the creative section of the Dhaka Education Board’s 1st paper exam – telling the story of two brothers involved in a land dispute – raised concerns about community incitement on social media.

“Two siblings, Nepal and Gopal, have been fighting each other over their land for a long time. Nepal sells his share of land to Abdul, who is a Muslim, in an attempt to punish his brother. Abdul builds a house there and starts to live permanently. Abdul sacrifices a cow in front of Nepal’s house during Eid-ul-Azha. Heartbroken, Nepal moves to India with his family members,” reads one section of the question.

Educators and members of civil society expressed outrage as soon as the question paper began making its rounds on social media.

“They are trying to instill communal hatred in our children. This is totally unacceptable,” Ashraful Alam Chisty Shaheen wrote on her Facebook wall.

“The paragraph only serves to fuel communal hatred and bigotry. The government must identify the culprits and bring them to justice immediately,” educationist Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury told the Business Standard.

Professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal said a section of teachers who asked the questions did so deliberately to create problematic situations.

“It’s really unfortunate,” he said.

Later, calling HSC’s objectionable question “very regrettable”, Education Minister Dipu Moni said authorities would find out who was responsible for asking such questions and punish them.

“We will do that very soon. Whether in the courses or in the manuals, we always discourage any act that could be inflammatory to community harmony. There are even instructions in this regard to question the moderators,” said Minister to The Business Standard on Monday (November 7).

This year’s HSC tests started on Sunday 6th November with the 1st Bengali paper exam on the first day.

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