Bhopal: Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madya Pradesh will make Jai Hind mandatory for all students from November 1 to mark their attendance. This order came after compulsory flag hoisting introduced in Madhya Pradesh schools in January 2017.
Satna will be the first district where this practice will be introduced from October 1 — a month before implementing the same in all the schools across the state.
The state’s school education minister Kunwar Vijay Shah said that it is meant to develop patriotism in children from a young age. “Jai Hind is acceptable to students of all religions so I have decided to introduce it. We just want to keep our culture alive which our young generation is forgetting,” said Shah.
Government is spreading the information about the plan through advertisements in local dailies and cellphones.
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Madhya Pradesh Teachers’ Association general secretary Ashutosh Pandey said, “The government is instilling a feeling of patriotism forcefully. If they really want that students feel proud on our country, they should provide them best education and facilities. The term is not enough to make students patriotic.”
According to Hindustan Times report, a study by the Child Rights and You (CRY) reveals that 94% schools in the state have “significant infrastructural gaps” in compliance of the Right to Education Act, 2009, even six years after the act was implemented.
In a recent example of poor state of education, the National Institute of Open Schooling found irregularities in the results of Class 10 and Class 12 board exams as hundreds of students passed the exam without even taking it.
In February last year, all central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas were asked to hoist the national flag on their premises every day. The Principals were asked to place the flag at a prominent spot so the students could salute it during the morning assembly.