Nationalised schools {Education Policy}

Context

MP is making ‘Jai Hind’ the standard response for schoolchildren for marking there attendance.

In news

All the school students of Madhya Pradesh will remember them every morning, even if they have never been anywhere within miles of these important institutions. Because the students will have to put traditional salutations behind them, even if they have served humanity well for centuries. Instead, by government diktat, they will have to use the nationalistic “Jai Hind”.

The Scheme

A pilot project is planned for Satna’s government schools, whose students would have to answer the roll call with “Jai Hind”, rather than the tame “present”. The void of absence will also, presumably, echo: “Jai Hind.” No alternative has been provided by the nanny state.

Later, the scheme will be propagated to the state’s 1.22 lakh schools, and all private schools will be served with advisories. Answering a roll call with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s slogan.

Criticism

The move by the Madhya Pradesh government has been criticised by the main opposition party Congress. Congress leader K.K. Mishra said, “We cannot force patriotism.

There is no need to make it compulsory, the government should first think about the quality of education, lack of teachers in government schools.”

Similar schemes in past

In the past, many such instances of forced patriotism have run into controversy. In 2016, the Tribune reported that a BJP leader and former MLA from Amreli Dilip Sanghani, who heads Shree Patel Vidhyarthi Ashram Trust, made it compulsory for students seeking admission to the educational institutions run by the trust – including two high schools, a primary school and a college, to write ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ in their application forms.

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