Good Governance Day: Open-and-shut case

The Centre on Monday clarified that there was no circular from CBSE asking schools to remain open on December 25.

By: Express News Service | Published: December 16, 2014 2:39:43 am
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kalchina village, Ghaziabad.  (Source: Express photo by Gajendra Yadav) Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kalchina village, Ghaziabad. (Source: Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Holiday spoiler?

LUCKNOW: The region covers 84 schools of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Girish Chandra, Deputy Commissioner of Lucknow region, confirmed receiving a letter from the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on observing December 25 as ‘Good Governance Day’, which he has forwarded to 84 schools in the region. However, he said, he had written back to the head office, seeking clarification before deciding what to do. “Teachers and students book their holiday tickets well in advance. They made their holiday plans this year too. This circular will affect them,” Chandra said. As of now, only Class XII students have extra classes on December 25, but that is routine, and it is because they have board examinations.

Events lined up

BHOPAL: The region covers Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. Orders have been issued to all 98 Navodaya Vidyalayas in the three states coming under Bhopal region to celebrate December 25 as Good Governance Day. There will be declamation programmes and quiz contests and screenings of documentaries on famous personalities. As B S Patnaik, principal of the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Goshala (Sambalpur district, Orissa), said, “It will be a hectic day for us since we will have to organise competitions during the day and Christmas celebrations in the evening.” In Chhattisgarh, Navodaya schools have a holiday on December 25 and will hold ‘Good Governance’ activities on December 24 and 26. “We have been given flexibility to choose our date,” said a principal.

Lack of clarity

JAIPUR: The region covers Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. The regional office is seeking a clarification on how an essay-writing competition to mark ‘Good Governance’ will be done on a holiday. A directive to all the 56 Navodayas under Jaipur region will be issued only after there is clarity.

Thumbs up for x’mas

HYDERABAD: The region covers Navodaya Vidyalayas in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, besides Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. The NVS deputy commissioner of the region has issued a circular to 73 schools in the zone to observe December 25 as Good Governance Day, from 9 am to 11 am, requesting principals to encourage participation of Classes VI to VIII, XI and XII. A report on the competitions and activities held, in the form of photos and videos, has to be sent to the Hyderabad regional office by 2 pm of December 25. An official at the Gachibowli school said they have not been told participation is compulsory. Gopalakrishna, principal of the Doddaballapur Navodaya Vidyalaya School in Karnataka, says, “This is an online assignment. Students can finish it as per their convenience. There is no question of students being deprived of celebration or holiday.” Kerala has 14 Navodayas and most schools said they had got the circular but would go ahead with the three-day break for Christmas, starting December 24.

Communication gap

CHANDIGARH: The region covers 52 schools of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Chandigarh. Officials of the Chandigarh UT education department said they have not received any circular from the Centre asking schools to remain open on December 25. In Jammu region, schools in the hilly areas of Rajouri, Poonch and Doda have already shut for Christmas, starting December 12, while those in the plains are closing for 20 days beginning December 25, and will observe ‘Good Governance’ on December 24. Navodaya schools in Kashmir shut for Christmas on Monday, December 15, and will reopen on February 2.

Respite for some

SHILLONG: The region covers Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Assam. The seven Navodaya Vidyalayas in Mizoram closed for Christmas and New Year on Monday and most of the teachers and students have already left.

Tripura has four Navodaya Vidyalayas; at least one, at Banduar in south Tripura, said it will conduct Good Governance Day. The Kokrajhar Navodaya in Assam has 528 students, about 20 per cent of whom are Christians. Principal Jairam Naik confirmed the school has received the circular on Good Governance Day but said “we have decided to let the Christian students go home for Christmas, and only the others will take part in the Good Governance day celebrations.” The North East Students Organisation, once headed by Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has opposed the HRD circular, saying schools should be shut so that Christians can celebrate the festival.

Mixed response

PUNE: The region covers 64 schools of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Though the Navodaya schools are yet to get a circular from the regional office in Pune, most schools said they would organise Good Governance programmes when they get one. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said schools would not be asked to remain open on December 25 and the essay competition would be held online. Ashok Sali, principal of the Sangli Navodaya Vidyalaya, said the school usually permits a few students to go home for Christmas. “If there are any Christian students who want to celebrate Christmas with their families, we usually give them permission and they are back on December 26. This year, however, no student has asked for leave,” he said.

Holiday mood

PATNA: The region covers 81 Navodaya schools of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. No circular has been issued to schools here and schools will remain shut.

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