Ahead of Independence Day, a private school in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad has issued a shocking diktat refusing to allow recitation of national anthem to mark the day. The AM Convent school’s manager Zia-ul-Haq reportedly denied permission citing problems with a phrase in the national anthem.
According to reports, seven teachers including school principal resigned in protest against the diktat.
Basic Shiksha Adhikari Jaikaran Yadav told IndianExpress.com that the school was among many others which are not recognized by the government or education department. “We had already sent a notice to these schools including AM Convent asking them to close down their operations or we would register an FIR against them,” he said.
Yadav said that according to the information he has received, the school manager did not want recitation of national anthem because he had a problem with the phrase ‘bharat bhagya vidhata’ which contradicts the religious beliefs and states that nation is above god.
He also said that he has taken note of this and a team of local officials will be visiting the school on Monday to inquire about the entire incident.
IndianExpress could not contact the school manager.