New Delhi: Sixth graders at a private school in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, have been asked by the education department to issue a show cause notice to the school after they asked the full name of the son of Bollywood couple Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in a question paper. .
But school officials said the question should be seen as an attempt to increase students’ knowledge.
“Write the full name of the son of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan,” read the question in the general knowledge paper of the sixth grade students of the Academic Heights Public School in Khandwa on Thursday on the term-end exam-II.
When the local parents ‘and teachers’ organization protested, several Netizens shared copies of the question paper on various social media platforms. Speaking to media persons on Friday, District Education Officer Sanjeev Bhalerao said that he was aware of the matter and would issue a show cause notice to the concerned school.
The minister said that after receiving the reply from the school, further action will be taken as per the instructions of the higher authorities. Bhalerao said students should be given an education that enhances their knowledge in the interest of the country.
Anees Arjar, head of the city-based Parent-Teacher Association, objected that students should be asked questions related to great personalities and national heroes of the country, such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Ahilyabhai Holkar.
He demanded that strict action be taken against the school.
Shweta Jain, director of the school, said the question papers were prepared by a Delhi-based organization.
She said the protesters were not parents of students studying at her school and that no parents at the school had yet lodged a complaint.
Jane said it was wrong to link the question to religion or ethnicity. She added that this should be seen as an attempt to increase knowledge.