3 pm today – The PM period: Narendra Modi to address students across the country on Teacher’s Day

DPS Mathura Road in capital warns of ‘strict action’, Bal Bharati in Noida says will test students on Modi speech.

Written by Ruhi Tewari , Siddhartha Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2014 11:19 am
Students of Thane Zilla Parishad School in Saga village of Bhiwandi taluka on Thursday took a television set by boat across the Kalu river from Atali to Nandkar, from where they carried it to school. Students of Thane Zilla Parishad School in Saga village of Bhiwandi taluka on Thursday took a television set by boat across the Kalu river from Atali to Nandkar, from where they carried it to school. (Source: Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

Following the HRD ministry’s indirect, yet unmistakably firm, directive to ensure student attendance for the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teachers’ Day address on Friday, schools are resorting to desperate measures — from threatening “strict action” for non-attendance to warning students that they will be evaluated on his speech.

In a circular issued on September 3, Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, said, “Attendance is compulsory for all the students and strict action will be taken against the absentees.”

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With DTC, the bus service provider, refusing to accommodate the changed timings, the school on Thursday issued another circular stating that the parents would have to make suitable arrangements to pick up their wards in the evening. The second note also reiterated that “attendance is compulsory”.

The Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, has decided to include questions based on the PM’s address in the upcoming school examinations. “The school will remain closed (preparatory off) on September 5 for all classes. However, for classes III to XII, the key points of the Prime Minister’s address are to be noted and learnt for the school to evaluate the same (during the upcoming examination from Monday),” said a circular issued by the school.

Stating that one question of two marks each will be included in each of the five main papers, it expressed hope that “all parents and students will be hooked to Doordarshan channel on September 5.”

When contacted, principal Asha Prabhakar said, “These days, students understand the language of examinations and marks only, so I decided to test them on the PM’s speech. I think this will help them assess their listening abilities also and force them to think on the PM’s stand on various issues of national importance.”

In its directive to Education Secretaries of all states, the HRD Ministry clearly stated that it would take stock of the number of school and students who viewed the PM’s address. As a follow-up to that, the Directorate of Education, Delhi, sent a note last Friday to all aided/ unaided schools in the capital directing them to make arrangements for viewing the telecast.

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    A.Bhatia
    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:25 am
    "Its unfortunate that, the situation and conditions of teachers are alarming in India, which used to be World Guru.Our great Poet has said" Guru Govind Dono Khare, kako lagoon pauan, Balihari Guru Apane jineGovind diyo dikhay-means, Between the God and teacher, one should seek blessings from the teacher, because only the teacher can help one to meet/see God. In today's high tech world, it is proved that, the Sarasvati (the goddess of Wisdom/Knowledge,rules the world and not the Laxmi(the goddess of wealth/Money). Its also unfortunate that, after 67 years of independence, India could not decide its national education Policy and such most important area is left to the states to frame and decide their individual education policies. In all developed countries, most of the research is done in Colleges and Universities, having the best teachers/professors and brains. India is though fortunate to have two of its Presidents (Dr. Radhakrishnan, and Dr.APJ Kalam) from teaching profession, but, the w education policy needs a serious review , and the status of teachers, needs to be given the top priority. We are hopeful, that, our new honorable PM, shall give new direction to the education, and to the status of teachers also
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      Ashutosh
      Sep 5, 2014 at 8:59 am
      Well as the PM of the nation he has a right to address students , and as long as it is non-partisan,non-political the opposition need not grudge this privilege.Its very important to channelize the energy of youth & Modi the visionary knows it !
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        dk
        Sep 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm
        Now that the event has gone pl care to watch the speech & Q&A and see how inspirational it was the mobilize students and teachers to move ahead with positive thinking. You will also get some idea on what he is trying to do on policy front.
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          kjingar
          Sep 5, 2014 at 7:17 am
          Great.The PM wants to connect to the children.Let's see what he says.
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            Parmod Sharma
            Sep 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
            A very good Initiative of Prime Minister to have Personal touch with Students of Entire India. But I wish it will be more Good for Students if our Prime Minister could Stop Commercialisation of Medical & Engineering Education by Private Colleges Lobby owned by our Parliamentarians & other Political Leaders just to mint Crores for Forthcoming Elections.
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              Nandkumar Shinde
              Sep 5, 2014 at 10:14 am
              Why didn't we speak about education reform when Congress was ruling us for past 10 years. Let's not be pessimistic. Now we have a PM who is doing differently and we all have to support and strengthen his hands.
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                napa
                Sep 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm
                your are north korean
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                  narayan
                  Sep 5, 2014 at 6:00 am
                  PM Modi's speech can be very influential to students as he comes from humble background.
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                    Nikhil Singh
                    Sep 7, 2014 at 8:19 am
                    मै अपने बातो को अपने प्रधान मंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी तक पहुचाना चाहता हु।अगर मेरे प्रधान मंत्री तक मेरा सन्देश पहुचाने में कोई मदत कर सकता है तो मेरा मदत कर दीजिये। मेरा नाम निखिल सिंह हैमै काशी हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय से परास्नातक पास किया हु। .और मै वाराणसी के निकट मिर्ज़ापुर जहा पे गृह मंत्री राज नाथ सिंह जी का घर है उसी के निकट मेरा भी घर है।विषय - मेरी सोच१- भारतीय संस्कृति या रीती रिवाज के अनुसार भारत में जितने त्यौहार पर्व आते है , उन सभी त्योहारो या पर्वो के बारे में रेडिओ के द्वारा टेलीविजन के द्वारा न्यूज़ पेपर के द्वारा ya जिससे जान जान तक ये सूचना जा सके जोर सोर से बिज्ञापन करवाइये पुरे भारत में। क्योकि भारत की संस्कृति तथा विरासत यही है।उदहारण स्वरूप - होली , दिवाली , जन्माष्ठमी , तीज , मकर सक्रांति , गांधी जयंती , बकरीद , ईद , मुहर्रम , रोजा , हज , नौरात्र , दरा , रक्षाबंधन , गणेश जयंती , शिवरात्रि, क्रिश्मस , बुद्धा जयंती , महावीर जयंती , इन सभी के बारे में विधिवत तरीके से बिलकुल जितना हो सके सरल तरीके से जन जन तक ये मेसेज जाना चाहिए। . जिससे मेरा देस के लोग जो ज्यादा पढ़े भी नहीं होंगे वे भी बहुत आसानी से अपने संस्कृति अपने पर्व के बारे में जान लेंगे,२- इससे फायदा - इसको जैसे ही लोग जानेंगे वैसे ही उनके अंदर एक देस प्रेम की भावना जागेगी। लोग शिक्षित होंगे , गलत सोच तथा गलत कामो से दूर होने लगेंगे ( भ्रस्टाचार खत्म भी हो सकता है ),जिससे मेरा देस एक पढ़ा लिखा और शिक्षित देशो में से एक हो जाएगा और फिर से मेरा देस महान बन जाएगा।३- तीसरी बात - भारत में बिभिन्न प्रकार के मौसम है , जाड़ा , ( शरद ) गर्मी , बरसात , बसंत आदि , इनके बारे में भी भारत के लोग अच्छे से नहीं जानते है ,,जिससे ये मौसम आता है जाता , और कितने लोग इसका फायदा तो उठाना बहुत दूर की बात है ,, अपनी जान तक गवा देते है , आज के तारीख में हर साल १० लाख लोग से भी ज्यादा मर जाते है भारत में।४- निवारण तरीका - हमारे देस में पढ़े लिखे लोगो की कमी नहीं है " एक से बढ़कर एक विज्ञानिक है भारत में. जिसका कोई भी तुलना नहीं कर सकता , चाहे अमेरिका हो , या चाइना, कोई भी नहीं कर सकता।इसका निवारण यह है की जिस मौसम से मुझे नुकसान है तो उससे फायदा भी है।उदहारण स्वरूप - गरमी , से मुझे क्या नुकसान है। ( सुखा , पिने का पानी , फसलो का सिचाई न हो पाना आदि।गर्मी से होने वाला रोग क्या क्या होता है ?1 चेचक2 खसरा3 पीलिया4 टाइफाइड5 कण्ठमाला का रोग आदि , इनके बारे में भारत के लोगो को आसान भासा में जागरूक कीजिये। टेलीविजन के द्वारा , रेडिओ के द्वारा समाचार पत्रो के द्वारा , कुछ न्यूज चैनलों के द्वारा जिनके नाम इस प्रकार है आज तक , जी न्यूज , स्टार न्यूज , इंडिया न्यूज , आदि ,वो भी आलसी के तरह नहीं एक लहर की तरह लोगो को जागरूक कर दीजिये।5 इसके बाद गर्मी से फायदा के बारे में बताइये। वो भी बड़े बड़े विज्ञानिको के सलाह लेकर की मुझे क्या करना चाहिए।….अब इतना ही। । पहले इस्पे अ कीजिये। फिर और कई सारा आइडिया देंगे। apne मनो से निकालकर।ऐसे ही सभी मौसम के बारे में लोगो को इन तमाम टेक्नोलॉजी के द्वारा जागरूक कीजिये।अगर ऐसा होगा तो मेरा देस सच में महान बन जाएगा।जय हिन्द जय भारत।
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                      nitin Mathur
                      Sep 5, 2014 at 7:27 am
                      This is a new beginning for PM. Even JLNehru used to interact with children so digital interaction is a non issue. For years no PM has taken questions or given straight answers to children. PM will have Muslims, Sikhs and Christian students asking questions freely. Even students from Mao hit states and North East will ask so that a complete inclusive message goes through to children. It is a positive initiative taken by PM to reach out to all first time voters for next election currently aged 12-17 yrs in cl VI to XII. Yes, some parents have to take half a day leave as schools cannot provide transport. After paying Education Cess these private job fellows owe it to the govt. to instill some responsibility. Let them take their children to attend this session and grow with a new sense of pride, new belonging of India in a new political order and really " Garva se kaho hum Hindu hain". see how 1000 years of foreign rule cannot kill old civilizations pride and power. By the grace of God next time we will club the event with ISRO's Mars landing.
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                        Pais Hilary
                        Sep 5, 2014 at 4:52 am
                        The instructions issued by the schools remind me of Doctor Goebbels.
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                          Radhakrishnan
                          Sep 5, 2014 at 7:07 am
                          What the Congress had ignored all these years Modi has ignited. The schools were taking the Teachers' day very casually. Many students even do not why Teachers's Day? Whose name it is ociated etc. Modi has really kindled the spirit of the a teachers and students. Any political motive to this is very unfortunate.
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                            Raj gopal
                            Sep 5, 2014 at 1:49 am
                            “These days, students understand the language of examinations and marks only"- this very accurately sums it all up. You can't explain in better words how teachers and parents have reduced the essence of education to a big nothing.Peace be upon him, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, whose birthday we celebrate as teacher's day might be turning in his proverbial grave. Alas. God save my country
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                              Commodified
                              Sep 5, 2014 at 2:56 am
                              Forcing children to mage a politician's ego. Why are adult free Indians behaving like slaves? This is not North Korea (yet).
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                                S K
                                Sep 5, 2014 at 6:54 am
                                So children should not know about Prime Minister.What is the fuss all about?
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                                  s s nair
                                  Sep 5, 2014 at 3:48 am
                                  Narendra Modi will do good, if he stops such over acting by addressing school children and playing politics. There are number of issues he has to attend. From the inception of the Teachers day several years have ped. Whether Narendra Modi has spoken on teachers day when he was CM in Gujarat. Better he and his government should have thought of introducing some Education reforms to the country.
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