CBSE asked all its schools to make arrangements for children to watch Narendra Modi’s address on Teachers’ Day. CBSE also asked its schools to inform CBSE about the arrangements being made latest by August 30, 2014.
Some of the CBSE schools described the board’s circular as disturbing. The schools infer that this directive states that it will be compulsory for students to stay back in school till 5 pm to watch PM’s speech. As per the form that schools have received from CBSE, students from Class I onwards have to be kept back in school for the PM’s speech programme. In rural areas where TV or Internet may not be accessible, preparations have to be made for students to listen to the speech over radio. The board has asked schools to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the 2 hours programme duration by arranging for generators as back - up.
The board told State Education Secretaries to ensure that arrangements are made in all private and government schools for live transmission of PM’s interactive session with children at Delhi’s Manekshaw Auditorium in Delhi. The advertisements of an essay writing competition, Gurutsav was published in newspaper in which students can write about their favorite teacher, have engrossed charges of “creeping saffronisation” as there Teachers’ Day wasn’t mentioned in them however Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s photograph was there.
Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza described Gurutsav as a gimmick & evidence of creeping saffronisation by renaming Teachers’ Day. She said that BJP’s lack of deference for teachers was apparent when the party stood by ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) after its activists pushed and allegedly caused the death of Harbhajan Singh Sabharwal, a professor in Ujjain in the year 2006.