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Test paper in CM colour

The state secondary board has published a compilation of questions for Madhyamik 2013 examinees in a cover printed in Mamata Banerjee’s favourite colours: blue and white.

Parishad Madhyamik Test Papers, a collection of questions of pre-secondary qualifying exams at 88 schools, has been published following instructions from the chief minister to help students ahead of their first major public exam.

Board sources, however, said the move was aimed at breaking the near monopoly of ABTA, the teachers’ wing of the CPM, in the test paper market.

The cover of the ABTA test paper, which hit the market on Tuesday, is traditionally coloured in red and yellow.

The board’s decision to print the cover in the chief minister’s favourite colours follows the painting of road-dividers and walls of flyovers blue and white.

Education minister Bratya Basu, who released the test paper, said: “The test paper is looking decent in this colour combination. There is no point reading too much into choice of colours. The only consideration behind publishing the test paper is to help students,” said Basu.

Board administrator Kalyanmay Ganguly echoed Basu, saying the blue-white combination had been chosen to give the test paper a “smart look”. In private, however, several board officials said the choice of colour was the board’s way of respecting the chief minister’s choice.

“She was instrumental in publishing the test paper. So we thought it proper to print the cover in blue and white,” said an official.