Schools that do not celebrate Republic Day will now face action. The education department has issued a warning to schools in this regard.
State Deputy Director of Education (additional charge) Ramchandra Jadhav,who is also Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) education officer,on Tuesday said a show-cause notice would be sent to any school that does not hoist the Tricolour on January 26.
He urged students,parents and activists to report any school not celebrating Republic Day to the education board.
Every year,we come to know about some schools,especially English medium and CBSE schools,that dont celebrate Republic Day. We have decided to take action against such schools, said Jadhav. Apart from complaints from parents,the board has received one from Shikshan Hakk Parishad.
However,authorities of many schools said they were all set to celebrate Republic Day. Leena Chaudhari,principal,Symbiosis School,said,We celebrate the day not just by hoisting the national flag,we also invite former students to give a speech. Apart from spreading the message about the importance of the day,this will also motivate students to do their work well because being called back to the school as a chief guest is quite an honour and our students like being part of the activity.
Jayshree Venkatraman,principal,DAV Public School,Aundh,said Republic Day celebrations were mandatory for them.
This is a regular feature at our school and I doubt there will be any school that does not celebrate the day. We ensure that our students dont forget the significance of January 26, said Venkatraman.
Vishnu Jadhav,education officer,Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,said,Celebrating Republic Day is a responsibility of the schools. All schools coming under our jurisdiction celebrate the day.