Will take stock of who viewed PM’s Teachers’ Day address: HRD to states

Union HRD Ministry has issued a written directive to states asking all schools to make arrangements for viewing the telecast.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Published:September 4, 2014 3:24 am

Amid the controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to schoolchildren on Teachers’ Day, it has emerged that the Union HRD Ministry has indeed issued a written directive to states asking all schools to make arrangements for viewing the telecast, and stating that it would take stock of the number of schools and children who viewed the interaction.

“All the schools may make arrangements to assemble the students from 2:30 pm to 4:45 pm on that day in order that the children may view the Prime Minister’s address on TV,” says a circular sent by the ministry to the Education Secretaries of all states on August 27.

While the circular, issued by Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Secretary, School Education & Literacy, stops short of making it mandatory for schools to make the arrangements, it makes it clear that a report will be sought on the number of schools and children who viewed the programme.

“A feedback would be taken immediately after the programme on the number of children and number of schools who were able to view or listen to the Prime Minister’s address to the school children on 5th September 2014,” it says.

The note also asks schools to make arrangements for a TV, TV reception and alternate arrangements for electricity through generators and inverters in case the amenities are not already available. The states were told to send a “report on arrangements made” and the number of schools and students likely to be covered by September 1.

Modi is scheduled to interact with about 1,000 students on September 5.

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    Meenu Agarwal
    Sep 6, 2014 at 4:08 am
    MR Prime Minister, your eagerness to show different from others and set new patterns is well known . However please set pattern in education by reviewing the w system of education and not merely giving speech on teachers day. In India perhaps the pressure on students to perform is highest amongst world . Reputed insutions after secondary education are few which can provide gurantee of a job with ry enough to sustain a middle cl life style and aspirants are millions. Hence students have to burn midnight oil for 7 years to claim a safe future .On the height of this , earlier HRD minister Mr. Kapil Sibbal in his zeal to show different like you has already created no. of troubles to students as well as parents . When you came in power hope was that something new will be introduced. But selecting one film actress Ms. Smriti Irani as HRD minister you ended all hopes,For a middle cl parents imagine the level of stress as they do not have enough money to start a business. Status of skilled manpower is well known in the Indian Society. So only options left after are Engineering , Medical, or CA . Whether you have education system to generate other options, whether your CBSE , Navodaya vidyalaya , Govt schools and kendriya vidayalaya are as per international standards. Whether evaluation pattern introduced by the biggest board CBSE under you is scientific and contribuiting to the real learning in children. Whether you have answers to these questions. If yes come for speech otherwise it is also like other speeches with no end result.
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    Guest
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:22 am
    leaking roofs, no electricity ,no toilets or drinking water in many schools but this mindless expenditure just to brainwash children for future votes will serve only political motives , it will not do any good at all for the children infact it will eat into schools education budget. as the above article says "schools have been dictated to make arrangements for a TV, TV reception and alternate arrangements for electricity through generators and inverters"
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    Ace
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:27 am
    If modi is going to address children in Hindi.. how do you expect children from non-hindi speaking states to understand what he says??
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    vijay kumar
    Sep 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm
    It is a very good attempt to make involvement of all schools in the country and all Indians are expecting a great encouragement towards education
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    silent1
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:48 am
    very little ry, dela ry for teachers, leaking roofs, no electricity ,no toilets or drinking water in many schools but this mindless expenditure just to brainwash children for future votes will serve only political motives , it will not do any good at all for the children infact it will eat into schools education budget. schools have been dictated to make arrangements for a TV, TV reception and alternate arrangements for electricity through generators and inverters"it was TEACHERS DAY tooday not anymore. school's had a beautiful way of celebrating Teachers’ Day that puts them at the centre. Now it puts modi at the centre. It’s Teachers’ Day today " sorry teachers its modi day today n you have no choice cos as the hrd department says "A feedback would be taken immediately after the programme " so no hanky panky or els you ur ry which is already 2/3 months late or unbelievably in some cases many many months late could just vanish forever. as my personnel opinion sm teachers were bad sm teachers were good and sm teachers were great still for this day its only TEACHERS day n not modi's day
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    Rahul
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:03 am
    Why it is illegal...??
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    Sachi Mohanty
    Sep 4, 2014 at 8:24 am
    I urge the governments of TN, WB, UP, J&K, Odisha, and Maharashtra not to implement this illegal and mala fide order.
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    stewindia
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:04 am
    It is illegal because under the consution, primary and secondary education is the domain of the states not the centre. The centre can control schools that it runs such as Kendriya Vidyalaya and boards that it runs such as CBSE but it cannot control other schools. It is totally illegal. Further, even for Centre run schools, it is an abuse of power for the PM to force ANYONE to listen to him. Its what Hitler would do. It he wants to address us, go ahead and do it but don't make it compulsory for people to watch him.
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