Two multiple-choice questions from the paper had caused a furore for promoting caste indifference and religious intolerance.

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news Controversy Sunday, September 08, 2019 - 09:40

After receiving backlash and severe criticism for a question paper set for a class 6 exam which was alleged to be set by a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Tamil Nadu or Pondicherry on social media, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) issued an official statement to clarify. One page of the question paper and the respective portions from the syllabus went viral on Friday.

Two multiple-choice questions from the paper had caused a furore: Question 17: “What do you mean by Dalit?” and choices for answers were: (A) Foreigners (B) Untouchables (C) Middle Class (D) Upper class. and Question 18: “What is the common stereotype about Muslims?” and choices for answers were: (A) They don’t send their girls to school (B) They are pure vegetarian (C) They do not sleep at all at the time of Roza (D) All of them.

These questions were said to be based from a class 6 social science textbook published in 2018-19 by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Both the questions were from Chapter 2, “Diversity and Discrimination” under two subhead - ‘On being discriminated against’ (page 18) and ‘Inequality and discrimination’ (page 19).

In an official statement, KVS said that no evidence has been found to support the theory that the question paper was from any of their schools. “This question paper is said to be related with some school in Tamil Nadu or Puducherry. However, no evidence has so far been brought to the notice of KVS which may establish that the Question Paper belongs to a Kendriya Vidyalaya,” their statement read.

It further added that the deputy commissioner of KVS RO said that "none of 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas of Chennai Region has prepared such questions/question paper. Moreover, the pattern of question paper in KVs is different from what is being circulated in media."

DMK leader MK Stalin and MDMK chief Vaiko criticised the questions for promoting caste indifference and religious intolerance. 

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