Five months after decision, Madhya Pradesh govt mandates 'Jai Hind' in schools

MP Students ordered to answer roll calls with

The Madhya Pradesh School Education Department has directed all school across the state to ensure that students answer the morning roll call with a "Jai Hind" instead of the "yes sir" or "yes ma'am" that they used to say till now.

The School Education Department of Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government issued an order on Tuesday, citing that presently students in schools presently answer their rolls calls with different words. The order was issued on May 15 and was signed by the deputy secretary school education Pramod Singh.

He had said that the step would be enforced in all 1.22 lakh government schools, and is optional for private schools in the state.

School students will need to reply to roll calls with a "Jai Hind". Private schools have been left out although the minister in his speeches has advised them to introduce the "Jai Hind" roll call answering system on more than one occasion.

This idea of roll-call reply was first announced on an experimental basis in Satna district in October a year ago. "This is the decision taken by state government to instil patriotism among students", said the official order. On the other hand, another spokesperson from the opposition, KK Mishra, from the Congress party, said patriotism can not be forced onto people. Instead, he suggested that the "government should first think about the quality of education and lack of teachers in government schools". The government has already instructed schools to hoist the Tricolour and sing the national anthem daily in schools.

The order comes seven months, after MP Minister for School Education Kunwar Vijay Shah had announced in September 2017 that a new system of students responding to their roll calls/attendance in classrooms by saying Jai Hind was being introduced on pilot basis in government schools of Satna district of MP's Vindhyan region.

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