The political slogan ‘Khela Hobe‘ of the ruling Trinamool Congress became a talking point in the 2021 West Bengal assembly polls. It gained popularity overnight. The slogan has not only been limited to the political circle; it has reached the class 10th examination hall in West Bengal as well.
The Class 10th examination in West Bengal, known as Madhyamik, concluded last month. When examiners opened the answer sheet to check the copies of the students, they found something unusual. Some students have fallen in love with this slogan so much that they have written ‘Khela Hobe’, the political catchphrase, on their answer sheets.
Authorities turn red
Authorities became enraged and decided to penalise examinees if they made the same mistake again in the ongoing class 12 exam. The class 10th examination is conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.
The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE), which organises the Uchcha Madhyamik examination, popularly known as the Higher Secondary (HS) exam, for class 12, warned students that penal action will be taken against them if any candidate writes political messages or drawings on the answer papers.
Punishment for culprit students
However, examiners have been advised not to evaluate such answer sheets. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has formed a committee which has been given the power to decide the quantum of punishment. WBCHSE President Chiranjib Bhattacharya said.
Writing political slogans, campaigns, or controversial issues on answer papers is a violation of the rules and against the guidelines of the WBCHSE. Strict action will be taken, Bhattacharya said. The HS exams are set to start on April 2 and will continue till April 27.
Educationist Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri welcomed the decision. Bhaduri, a noted Indologist, said that no ruling party has any right to politicise the education sector and influence sensitive minds.
It shows the influence of politics on young minds. They think that amazing success is hidden in the political field. The West Bengal education department has done well in taking action against such students who have mentioned that slogan in their answer sheets.