Government schools struggle to telecast Modi’s Teachers’ Day speech

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 10:43 IST

Acting on the MHRD’s directive, the directorate of education (DOE) has directed all the schools in the city to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teachers’ Day speech live on September 4.

While most of the private schools have the necessary infrastructure to conduct the live telecast, the government schools in the city are scrambling to arrange the requisite resources. Although, a few of the government school heads said they were better prepared this year, others revealed that they had to spend a large amount of money from their funds to get the equipment for the telecast.

A large number of government schools lack basic facilities like proper toilets, power supply and boundary walls. In such a situation, making arrangements for the live telecast of PM Narendra Modi’s speech has become a tough task for them.


Commenting on the issue, Swaran Singh Khamboj, who teaches at GMSSS-37 and is also the president of the UT Cadre Employees Union said, “It is more of PR stunt by the Prime Minister. Instead of focusing on studies, everyone is running around arranging wires, daris and mikes for this event. Unnecessary preparations go into hosting such events. This money can be spent in a more productive manner.”

Considering that a large number of government schools lack basic facilities like proper toilets, power supply and boundary walls, arranging cable connections and other resources have become a source of headache for the teachers.

Somvir Panchal, a teacher at a government school in Sarangpur said, “If it is about hearing Modi’s speech, it can even be done at home. Almost every household has a TV nowadays or at least a radio so why all this tamasha? It results in no constructive output.”


Government Model Senior Secondary School (girls), Sector 20-B, was planning to hire a total of six screens, each costing `1,500 for telecasting the speech. The school would have to incur an additional cost of `3,700 for renting a generator.

The situation is same at Government High School, Karsan, where the school is likely to spend almost `15,000 for showing Modi’s speech. School principal Brijender Singh said,

“It isn’t easy for us to afford expensive projectors and screens so we have requested teachers to get their TV sets. Transformers, generators, daris contribute to the overhead charges during the event but we are trying our best to ensure it goes off well.”

Principal of Government High School, Vikas Nagar, Indu Bala shared that the school had rented four TV sets which would cost them about `10,000.


Prime Minister Modi’s speech is likely to be 115 minutes long this year and considering it will be telecasted during the morning shift, sources in the education department said it might be difficult to control the number of students who might turn up.

The speech is scheduled to take place from 10am to 11:15am.

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