Minority Forum Demands Removal Of DSSSB Chairperson After Casteist Question In Exam

| October 15 , 2018 , 17:44 IST

The members of SC/ST/OBC teachers’ forum on Sunday wrote to the President, the Prime Minister, Union home minister, Delhi education minister and lieutenant governor demanding removal of the DSSSB chairperson after a controversial question was included in an exam conducted on Saturday.

The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) allegedly included the controversial question in an exam conducted on Saturday for hiring primary teachers.

According to reports, the Hindi section of the paper contained a casteist question which allegedly hurt the sentiments of the minority classes.

Delhi SC/ST Minister Rajendra Gautam expressing serious concerns and enlightening about the incident said, "The purported question was asked in the Hindi section of the examination held on Saturday. It had four options pointing to a caste-based system of the Brahmanical society. It is a multiple choice question and the answers are highly racist and gender insensitive."

A candidate while speaking to a major newspaper said, that by asking such questions, the board has “hurt the sentiments of their community”.

“We are upset over the insensitivity of the board and we demand an apology from them. It’s highly irresponsible of them to use such casteist language in a teachers’ recruitment exam,” the candidate said. 

In their request they said, “We demand immediate action against the chairperson and also an assurance that such insensitivity will not be repeated in the future. Otherwise, we will launch a massive protest.”

The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board issuing a statement on the matter said, “The appearance of any such question which may have unintentionally hurt the sentiments of any section of society is deeply regretted. During the evaluation process, this question shall not be evaluated for the purpose of preparation of results.”

The board also said, “In this regard it is clarified that the procedure of paper setting is highly confidential and secretive in nature and the contents of the paper are not shared with the board officials. The contents of the paper are revealed for the very first time before the candidates only.”

DSSSB further wrote, “The board is taking necessary corrective measures to sensitize its paper setters and suitable action is being taken to ensure that such an incident is not repeated in future.