After being virtually pulled up for framing an examination question that referred to farmers who protested in New Delhi on Republic Day as ‘violent maniacs’, the DAV group of schools has said that the question does not reflect the “views of the institution”.
“We have received feedback from various stakeholders — parents, alumni, teachers, and the general public. Ours being a diverse country, it has not been surprising that the feedback also has been quite diverse...” read the response posted on DAV group’s website.
The management said that their school “believes in the need to nurture independent thinking amongst children” and abides by the Indian Constitution.
The reply has come a day after the alumni of the school sent a letter to the Arya Samaj Educational Trust, which runs the schools, demanding an explanation. The school’s response came on Tuesday, 23 February.
The response stated that the “specifically highlighted wordings of the question, which was framed by a teacher, do not reflect the views of the institution.” However, the school said it “does take pride in constantly striving towards making education relevant, contemporary and contextual.”
Class 10 Exam Paper Calls Farmers 'Miscreants'
On 11 February, the students of Class 10, DAV Boys Senior Secondary School in Gopalapuram, Chennai were asked to write a “letter to an editor” as part of the English language and literature paper, condemning the violence that allegedly occured during the tractor rally on Republic Day.
“The diabolical violence that broke out filled the hearts of citizens with condemnation and abhorrence after the farm law protesters went on a rampage destroying public property and attacking police personnel in broad daylight,” read the question.
The students were told to write a letter “condemning such terrible, violent acts of miscreants who fail to realise that country comes before personal needs and gains”. The question further read, “Destroying public property, disgracing the national flag and attacking police personnel are few of the various illegal offences committed, that can never be justified for any reason whatsoever”.
The students were asked to come up with “measures...to thwart such violent maniacs who act under external instigation.”
The question paper drew attention when singer and activist TM Krishna tweeted about it last week. While a few congratulated the school for “upholding India’s morals”, several others criticised the school for asking a propagandist question.
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