MP: Students ordered to answer roll calls with 'Jai Hind'

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

This step is meant to instil a sense of pride and patriotism among the students, according to an official statement released by the education department.

Students in government schools of Madhya Pradesh will no longer respond to their daily roll calls with Yes Sir/Yes Mam. "We appeal the private schools also to replicate it to instill the feeling of patriotism among students", said Joshi.

The education minister had come under attack from various quarters for his decision to introduce "Jai Hind" as an answer to the roll call as it was being alleged that the minister was trying to divert attention from the real issues that were being faced by students and teachers across the state. While the directive is not compulsory for private schools, they will be issued an advisory in this regard.

The decision to make students answer their roll calls with a "Jai Hind" was initially taken on an experimental basis in September previous year and was limited to Satna District. The Ministry of Human Resource Development also ordered schools to conduct quiz contests, lectures and debates and as proof that this was followed, they were asked to submit corroborating videos the office of Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM) by 31 August 2017. During an interview, he said that we can not force patriotism.


The Times of India sources said that the chief minister has given permission to the education department after which the order was passed to the state-run schools. However, Congress leader KK Mishra has criticised the government's move and has been quoted as saying, "We can not force patriotism".

School Education Minister Vijay Shah had first made an announcement to this effect while addressing NCC cadets from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on the occasion of NCC Day at Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal.

Meanwhile, the BJP government had earlier already instructed schools to hoist the Tricolour and sing the national anthem daily in schools.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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