West Bengal government ignores Centre’s Teachers’ Day celebration guidelines days after going against its decision over Independence Day celebrations. Partha Chatterjee, the state Education Minister on Friday while talking about the circular that has been issued by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, termed it as ‘ridiculous.’ The circular issued by the Centre has details of a fortnight-long programme that are to be followed by the schools around September 5, according to Indian Express.
Partha Chatterjee while talking to the media said, “We cannot go by their recommendations. The circular is ridiculous. The state government knows how to celebrate Teachers’ Day in schools. We have already sent circulars to schools, as is our usual practice, and asked authorities to celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner. Our schools have been observing the day all these years and they know how to do it the right way.”
The circular sent by the HRD Ministry to education secretaries of all states on August 1 advised that schools undertake a ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ from September 1 to 15. It states, “Photographs, videos, film etc together with highlights of the Pakhwada may be uploaded on the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) Shagun portal every day during the Pakhwada.” The activities have been planned even on Saturday and Sunday. According to the circular, the state governments have been asked to hold district/block/cluster level competitions for clean and well-maintained school campuses and toilets on September 5. It also suggests that debates and painting competitions on cleanliness be organised.