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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Teachers' Day speech: Should the students be made to listen to it or not?
A row has erupted over the Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry's directive to the schools under the Centre and state governments in which it has been told to the schools that arrangements should be made for live telecast of PM Narendra Modi's speech on the occasion of Teacher's day and the students should listen to the speech.

As the media aired the news about the circular to the schools, which allegedly said that it was compulsory for the students to listen to the speech by PM Narendra Modi, a debate started among the political parties, academicians, teachers, students and their parents, on the merits and de-merits of the circular.

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The topic became so controversial at one point of time that education minister Smriti Irani had to come and clarify that it is not compulsory for the students to listen to the PM's speech. However, question remains unanswered whether it is still mandatory or not for schools to make arrangements for the live telecast of the speech.

We spoke to few people from the field of education including teachers, ex-principals and academicians and took their views on the merits and de-merits of the education ministry's circular.

Dr. Acharya, an Ex-Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya says, "He (Modi) is men of national feelings. I personally support him for this. You know if some body advances to something good, then he has to face certain problems. He is a fearless and selfless person, and only a selfless and fearless person can do something for the nation. Whatever he has done within 100 days is commendable."

Dr. Gomati Bodra, an academician supported HRD ministry's circular. She said, "It's absolutely perfect if Prime Minister addresses teachers on Teachers day. It's a noble idea good for everybody, like a channel of communication will open up between different sections of people and teachers are the one. So, it's highly commendable. The opposition is against it because of the time and making it mandatory that every school should screen it. But again the HRD ministry has said that it is not mandatory as the infrastructure is of course a big hassle in government schools. But, it's very commendable thing coming from the Prime Minister to address the different sections of the people."

Anuradha Sivaram, a teacher at a private school in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, also supports it and says that his lecture will be a motivation for the students, "As a citizen and a teacher I give full support that our PM should address the students. The first point is, from being a common man he struggled and became the country's PM. Through his speech children can get motivated to strive and achieve their goals. And the second point is he is the role model for everyone. In fact everyone can learn the love and devotion he shows toward his country, family, and friends. So I think students will be motivated with his speech on teacher's day."

Debasish Sarkar, General Secretary, West Bengal Govt College Teachers' Association said, "If Modi was serious about improving school education system, then this step could have been justified. As of now, the education system needs funds and very little has been allocated in the last budget. So when the funds for developing the basic education system is lacking, then giving 'bhashan' to the student simply cannot help to improve careers of the students. If you want to make impact on Teachers Day, announce some kind of policy that can improve the basic inclusive education and bring education to all those who are outside the domain of the main stream education system."

Adv. Ashok Agarwal, National President, All India Parents Association 

"I think, it is very good initiative. And not only him as a PM but CMs should also think about to address students and teachers as education is our main concern. And time to time we need to debate on this. But teachers and parents are making a big issue out of it that how the students will interpret PM's speech and all. I think that fear may harm the motto of PM. So, rather getting panic, one should comprehend it."

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