Teacher's day row: Delhi schools plan screening of Narendra Modis speech

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 4 2014, 18:28pm hrs
Delhi SchoolSprindales School, Dhaula Kuan, has changed its class timings as well as the annual tradition on Teachers? Day. (Reuters)
With two days left for Teachers Day, schools in the capital are busy making arrangements to ensure live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modis speech on Friday. While some schools have altered their school timings, others, which are unable to arrange for transport or other facilities, have decided to air the video for its senior students.

Sprindales School, Dhaula Kuan, has changed its class timings as well as the annual tradition on Teachers Day.

By 1.40 pm, classes are dismissed. Usually on Teachers Day, senior students take classes, while staff members are given a few hours off from work. On Friday, there will be a lunch break at 1.40 pm and teachers will come back to the school to attend the event, principal Jyoti Bose said.

Due to unavailability of buses, the school has decided to hold two broadcast sessions. While students from Class X and above will attend the live streaming of the speech on Friday, other students will watch it on Saturday. The arrangements were made in this manner because we could not arrange for transport facilities for all students on Friday, Bose said.

The PM is expected to address and interact with 1,000 students at the Manekshaw Auditorium on September 5. Between 3 pm and 4.45 pm, his address will be telecast live to lakhs of government and private schools across the country. He will also interact with students and take questions through video-conference facility.

Another school in South Delhi, Laxman Public School in Hauz Khas, has decided to begin classes later. On Friday, classes will begin only at 1 pm and go on till 5.30 pm. Students of Class V and above will attend the live screening. We have made arrangements in 12 rooms, including a hall, principal Usha Ram said. The Teachers Day celebrations in the school have also been postponed to Saturday, Ram added.

Similarly, at Tagore International School, students have been asked to report to at 1 pm. Suman Nath, principal of Tagore International, said they have rescheduled regular timings classes will take place in the afternoon instead of morning.

Apart from making special arrangements for students in the classroom and the auditorium, the school has also asked teachers who are free to attend the live screening. We have arranged a separate screening for the teachers who are free during the streaming. They have been asked to watch the message of the Prime Minister, the principal said.

However, students at Vasant Valley School in South Delhi, will be watching the speech after the regular school hours. We have a long day at school. In our case, there wont be any requirement to reschedule class timings. Students will watch the message after school hours, principal Rekha Bakshi said.

The school has also made transport arrangements. Since students will be watching the speech after school hours, they will be provided special transport after the screening ends, the principal said.

Schools run by the municipal corporations are also gearing for the live telecast of PMs speech, following instructions given by Delhi government officials. Students taking morning classes will be exempted from attending school and students in the second and general shift will attend the programme, Yogendra Singh Mann, director, Information and Press, North Municipal Corporation, said.