A question in the Matric examinations of the Allama Iqbal Open University, asking students to describe the ‘personality of their elder sister’ has sparked outcry across Pakistan. The question appeared in the Function English 2 exam for Spring Semester 2016.
What makes the question cross the ‘could be an honest mistake’ to ‘what the hell?’ territory is that it asks the students to describe the Age, Physique, Height, Looks, Attitude and other characteristics of their elder sisters.
People were quick to anger after a photo of the question was uploaded to social media and termed it offensive, vulgar and unethical. Many demanded the resignation of the teachers who made and vetted the paper.
This isn’t the first time a school has drawn the ire of social media. Not long ago, Beaconhouse issued a circular which banned the use of Punjabi language on and around school premises. It sparked large protests and the school was forced to publicly issue an apology.
Talking to Daily Pakistan, a student said:
First I thought it was a mistake. When I asked the invigilator about the nature of [this] question, he simply refused to explain anything and asked me to finish my paper.
AIOU has yet not commented on the matter but we’ll update it as soon as there is a response from the university.
Via Daily Pakistan