All schools across the country have to ensure children watch PM Narendra Modi’s live televised Teachers’ Day address on September 5, a directive from the human resource development ministry has said.
Schools will have to arrange for television sets, cable connections, projectors and amplifiers so that students can see both the address and the subsequent question-and-answer session, to be telecast live on Doordarshan between 3pm and 4.45pm. School timings will also have to be tweaked so that children remain in school till the broadcast ends.
Most schools start early in the morning and get over by 2pm. Arranging television sets and cable connections in remote areas may also be a challenge.
After receiving the order — issued to all state education departments — the Delhi directorate of education (DOE) asked all schools in the city, including private unaided ones, to comply. It instructed all government single-shift schools to hold classes from 1pm to 5.30pm on September 5. Other schools are free to choose their timings.
The DoE has also warned schools against any laxity in implementing the orders.