TO inculcate the feeling of “unity, harmony and team work”, government primary and upper primary schools as well as Kasturba Gandhi Balika schools in Uttar Pradesh would celebrate birthdays of students on the lines of private schools.
A direction in this regard has been issued by Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to all divisional commissioners and district magistrates across the state.
According to the guidelines, each school would display the birthdays of the students falling in a particular month in a coloured chart paper. The birthday celebrations would be held on the last Saturday of every month. A cultural event could also be held on such days and students could give each other cards or small gifts.
While no special fund has been sanctioned for this, schools have been instructed that no money should be collected from students. Instead, the schools have been asked to hold these events from their existing funds.
Moreover, schools have been asked to motivate students during these celebrations and ensure that one professional — be it a public representative, doctor, engineer or an officer — comes to the event to share his experience with students.
Teachers have been asked to highlight unique qualities and interests of the students, whose birthdays would be celebrated. “The idea is to develop the feeling of unity, harmony and team work among children,” said Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan.
About funds, Rajan said: “No special fund arrangement is required. There are funds available to buy chart papers and other stationary… There is already a provision to provide mid-day meals in school… Teachers just have to ensure that something special is cooked that day.”
“As far as how the day should be celebrated, we have not issued instructions… We have left it on the school management committees, which comprise teachers and parents. They can use their innovative ideas,” he added.
Ranjan said the government is also planning to introduce a number of steps to improve the quality of basic education in the state.
For instance, from the coming session, primary schools would have to prepare monthly lesson plans and conduct four unit tests in a year. The ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’, which was operational only before the start of each academic session would now be conducted four times a year — April, July, Diwali and during winter vacations.