Delhi govt directs schools to prep for Modi’s Teachers’ Day speech

Schools make arrangements, but may have to rejig original plans for the day.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 31, 2014 2:00 am
Modi with schoolchildren at Red Fort on August 15. ( Source: PTI ) Modi with schoolchildren at Red Fort on August 15. ( Source: PTI )

The Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi, on Friday shot a notice to all aided/unaided schools in the capital directing them to make arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming Teacher’s day address to students across the country.

On the direction of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the DoE has asked schools to “make available requisite number of televisions, set-top box connections, projectors, screens, amplifiers and generator sets/inverters on hiring basis, if the same are not available in the school.”

However, for most city schools, the timing of the event is a bigger concern than the equipment.

Principal of Springdales school, Dhaula Kuan, Jyoti Bose said, “We have to stretch our schedule a little for the PM’s address. Traditionally, we hand over the school to the students for the day and that is something we are keen to continue.”

Schools are also sending circulars to parents informing them of the extended timings for the day.

Laxman Public School principal Usha Ram said the school was likely to shift the events originally planned for the occasion to the next day.

“Normally on Teacher’s day, we used to end school hours by noon and then the teachers would be taken out for a party. The timing of the event is a concern and after consultations with staff and parents, we will come up with a solution,” she said.

In case of government schools, the DoE notification states that all the necessary expenditure for hiring aforesaid items shall be incurred from Vidyalaya Kalyan Samiti (VKS) fund. It also states that all Deputy Directors of Education are to submit a preparedness status report to the DoE headquarters by September 2.

On September 5, PM Modi will interact with Delhi school children in person and via satellite link with children at National Informatics Centres in Leh, Port Blair, Silchar, Imphal, Bhuj, Dantewada and Thirumalai.

HRD officials said the Secretary of School Education had asked state education secretaries to facilitate live telecast of the address, and that the Ministry did not make it “mandatory” for students. “It is entirely up to states to decide how they implement it. Delhi has chosen to do it this way,” an official said.

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  1. M
    Sep 1, 2014 at 4:45 am
    This is a good example of Modiocy.Imagine if all the CMs, MLAs, MPs and Senior Police officers decided to follow in these footsteps. Schools would be the next political football.Why force students to attend? We don't even do that on 15th Aug and 26th Jan.Make a speech on TV/radio/internet. Those who want will watch/listen.Forcing students to attend is absurd - in a modern-day democracy.
  2. A
    Aug 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    george ur a
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    George Cv
    Aug 31, 2014 at 9:37 am
    Prinls who do not cooperate will be sent to stan. Beware !
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    Mean Drake
    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    Does anyone even read till the last paragraph or is a good attention span too much to ask for? Quote:the Ministry did not make it “mandatory” for students. “It is entirely up to states to decide how they implement it. Delhi has chosen to do it this way,” an official said.
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    Mean Drake
    Sep 1, 2014 at 6:26 am
    Guys chill. Read last paragraph. It's not mandatory. Why all the boo-hua-hua.
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    Free speech
    Aug 31, 2014 at 10:00 am
    IF the government wants its message to be heard by children, why can't they address the nation out of school hours instead of troubling schools? Will the govt foot the bill for the audio/video equipment that they are forcing the schools to hire?
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    Sheel Chand
    Sep 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    The plan of PM'S SPEACH on the teacher'day will be a good exercise for History students. They can understand the meaning of so called "TUGLAKI ADESH" Also they will understand the meaning of "JABARDASTI" , because this type of order is also JABARDASTI. TEACHER'S day is celebrated to show the respect for honourable teachers. To teach human values to students may be on other occasions like CHILDREN'S DAY. SO Please spare this occasion for respected teachers. Also at om expenditure on such type of infrastructure will be a wastagebecause at different occasions these apparatuses had been purchased, but are not in use,like many important machines in hospitals.thanks for reading. A Retired teacher.
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    Madhurie Singh
    Aug 31, 2014 at 3:18 am
    This is a positive move though slightly inconvenient due to short notice period. To be able to make the future plans of the country n the vision of the PM of India heard by the current generation of teachers and the future generation, schools must welcome this move. It shows that they are not neglected lot. It shows that they are the makers of tomorrow's India, provided they are well motivated and guided. Madhurie Singh
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