Teachers’ Day: Many city schools can’t screen Modi address on same day

Schools claim they are yet to receive an official notification from state.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 4, 2014 1:07 am
Most schools, however, claim they are yet to receive any notification from the state. Most schools, however, claim they are yet to receive any notification from the state.

While Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani has said that the participation of schools and students to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming Teachers’ Day address live was “voluntary” and not compulsory, schools across Mumbai are busy chalking out plans to screen the same.

Schools across the country had been directed to make arrangements to screen the address by the Centre. The Maharashtra government had also, in a separate circular, directed the deputy director of school education to screen the speech live.

Most schools, however, claim they are yet to receive any notification from the state.

The Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary School Principals’ Association, meanwhile, has written to the state education department, asking it to issue an official notification over the screening of the PM’s speech. According to them, schools are clueless whether it is compulsory or voluntary.

While some schools say they will be able to screen the address on September 5th itself, several others said they can do so only the next day.

Some schools claim they do not have a place big enough for accommodating all their students together at one time.

Others say they have declared a holiday on Teacher’s Day and hence will screen the address on September 6.

Grace Mathais, principal of Queen Mary school, Byculla

We have not received any official circular yet. Hence we have not decided whether to screen the PM’s address or not. We will wait for an official communication from the education department. Till then, we have no plans of screening the speech.”

Seema Buch, principal of Gudecha Education Academy, Kandivali

We have declared a holiday for students on September 5, so we can take all our teachers for lunch on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Our Teachers’ Day celebrations will be held on September 4 itself. We have, however, asked our students to watch the PM’s address at home and take down points. We will have a discussion on the same with our students the next day in the school.”

Meera Korde, director of Saraswati Vidyalaya, Thane

Our school is re-opening on September 5 after the Ganesh Chaturthi vacation. We have not received any official circular. Once we get the circular, we will screen it for the students. If not possible on September 5, we will do it the following day.

Gool Ghadiali, principal of Gopal Sharma International School, Powai

It will be difficult to ask all our students to stay back till evening and so we have decided to record it and screen it for them the next day after the school’s assembly.

Ragini Mahajan, principal of Saraswati School, Chembur

In our school we do not have an auditorium or hall big enough to accommodate all our students at one time. Hence, we have decided to record the PM’s speech and screen it in every classroom the next day.

Hanif Kanjer, director of Rustomjee schools, Dahisar

All the 450 teachers of our state board and international schools will be going to watch a movie on Teachers’ Day as part of our celebrations. However, we have had a discussion with the teachers that as soon as we receive an official notification from the education department, we will call our students and teachers to the school for the screening on September 5.

Ambar Singh Magar, principal of Colaba BMC School at Colaba 

We have called all our students in the morning (September 5). We will have our Teachers’ Day celebrations, after which we will have the live screening of PM’s speech and interaction for our students and teachers. We have already made arrangements for the same.

Father Bosco D’mello, principal of Don Bosco Boys’ School, Matunga 

We have a total of 2,800 students. We do not have a hall or auditorium big enough to accommodate so many students together. Also, our students have already planned a Teachers’ Day schedule, which we will not like to interfere with. Hence, we will record the address and screen it the next day.

Father Paul Julius, manager of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) High School, Chembur

We have already planned the Teachers’ Day schedule as we still have no official notification from the education department. I guess it’s too late for the department to send a circular or notification, asking schools to screen the PM’s address. In case the department does send us a circular on Thursday, we will definitely make some arrangements to screen the address.


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  1. s
    Sep 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    in a democratic country schools have every right to decide whether they want to be a part of this political event or not, or els govt should have sent a circular stating that listening to modi speech on teachers day is mandatory for all school children
  2. S
    Sep 5, 2014 at 1:56 am
    If you cannot watch PM speech is dishonesty of chair .Every country has set up if the president or PM speaks every body play their part to respect the country highest seat as a part of proud citizen . if the private schools have problem , they should learn better .I am doubtful of their abilities to teach students . When I hire some body I go through details of their back ground , how much you respect the system . no matter how much difference of opinion is