Urdu paper shocker: ‘Write a letter to brother informing about father death’

"AAPKE waalid ke achanak inteqaal hone par apne chhote bhaai ko taajiti khat likhiye..." (Write a brief letter to your younger brother informing him about your father's death. (04 marks).

Shockingly, this was a question set for the Urdu language students of Class XII .

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination in the state started from February 21. Between 3 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, when these students appeared for their first paper, Urdu (Index No 05), and attempted question No 9 (B), some were visibly shaken while others were enraged.

Syed Saba, an Urdu teacher with Abeda Inamdar Junior College for Girls, Pune, said the question left many of her students "confused and nervous". Mushtaque Ahmed, a Class XII student, said, "The question left most of us amazed and confused. How can the board expect us to answer such a question. How can they ask us to imagine the death of our own father. I and all my friends attempted the optional question on writing to uncle about your plans for summer vacation."

MSBSHSE secretary Krishna Kumar Kadam said the chief moderators of the concerned subjects have the authority to decide on the fate of such questions. "Chief moderators of Urdu will meet and review the question. If they find something wrong with it, they will take a decision on it."

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