School students turn up in large numbers to hear Modi speak

In the government schools, especially those in the periphery, the school heads claimed that attendance was 80 per cent Friday, as compared to 50-55 per cent on other days.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: September 5, 2015 8:01:49 am
Students listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address, at Government Model School in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday; Photo: Sahil Walia, Kamleshwar Singh Students listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address, at Government Model School in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday; Photo: Sahil Walia, Kamleshwar Singh

Attendance was surprisingly high in almost all the city government and private schools Friday, as students as well as parents came to watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Modi’s interaction with meritorious students from across the country.

In the government schools, especially those in the periphery, the school heads claimed that attendance was 80 per cent Friday, as compared to 50-55 per cent on other days.

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The private schools made the arrangements for the programme in their respective school auditoriums, smart classes and audio-visual rooms. The government schools had to arrange for projectors and televisions. In some government schools, arrangements for students to watch the programme were made in the open.

While some students found Modi’s words arresting and inspiring, some said that they were not given an opportunity to interact with the PM. A student of a government model high school in Hallomajra said, “I did not like the fact that only meritorious students were given a chance to talk to the PM. We being students of governments are feeling deprived.”

Another student, Veena of class IX, said, “There are many good things that our PM has talked about, such as doing away with the system of giving character certificates to children. The way he has spoken to children nationwide and has asked teachers to identify the best students from their schools is very encouraging.”

However, some of the teachers are of the view that even teachers should have been allowed to interact with the PM.

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