After compulsory flag hoisting introduced in Madhya Pradesh schools in January, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government will make ‘Jai Hind’ mandatory for all students from October 1, in Satna district, to mark their attendance. MP Education minister Vijay Shah has directed all schools in Satna district to ensure that students must answer their roll call in the classroom with ‘Jai Hind’ instead of the conventional “Yes, Sir/Madam”.
According to ANI news agency, this diktat will come into force from October 1, 2017, adding that steps will be taken to implement the measure in the entire state, depending on its success. This information about the plan has been spread through advertisements in local dailies and cell phones. Shah has issued these instructions at a divisional meeting of teachers, principals, Jan Shikshaks and block resource coordinators in Chitrakoot. The minister had earlier commanded schools to hoist a tricolour and make sure that the national anthem is sung every day.
Meanwhile, in February last year, all central government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas were asked to hoist the national flag on their premises every day. The flags, principals were told, should be located at a prominent spot so the students could salute it during the morning assembly. And in April this year, a school in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district had allegedly asked students to get a haircut similar to that of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, prompting some parents to oppose the diktat.
However, the school administration reacted to the controversy saying that Yogi’s haircut was cited just as an example to maintain uniformity among students. And 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.