PM Narendra Modi's speech telecast on teachers day not mandatory, says Kerala government

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: Sep 3 2014, 11:08am hrs
The Congress government in Kerala Tuesday said it was not mandatory for all schools to telecast the Teachers Day address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 5. The decision was taken in a meeting convened by CM Oommen Chandy.

Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which handles the education department, has protested the move to live telecast the address. The party was irked over the director of public instruction (DPI) issuing a circular asking all schools to make arrangements to show the address. The IT @ School, an initiative under the education department, has been making arrangements to take Modis message to 14,479 schools in Kerala.

The IUML protest seems to have forced the state governments move. IUML state general secretary K P A Majeed said it was not proper on the part of DPI to issue the circular. Since education is in the concurrent list of the Constitution, the Centre cannot insist that the PMs address be shown in all schools, he said. The PMs address and the directive serves political interests. If Kerala accepts it, the state would not be able to withstand the saffronisation of education, he said.

As per the education departments schedule, Kerala schools would be closed for Onam week on September 5, which is Teachers Day. Schools would have Onam celebrations before noon on Friday. Normally, children are allowed to go home after the celebration.

DPI Gopalakrishna Bhat said it was not compulsory for all schools to show the PMs address. However, there would not be any fresh circular in this regard, he said.