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Bengal snubs Teachers’ Day order

Published Aug 21, 2017, 7:00 am IST
Updated Aug 21, 2017, 7:03 am IST
After I-Day, Mamata trashes Centre’s circular.
 State education minister Partha Chatterjee  (Photo: File)
  State education minister Partha Chatterjee (Photo: File)

Kolkata: The West Bengal government termed as “ridiculous” the HRD ministry’s direction on how to celebrate the Teachers’ Day in schools and said it would ask the educational institutions to observe the day in a “befitting manner”.

In response to a question, state education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters, “Sorry, we cannot go by their stipulations. The circular is ridiculous.” 


He said that the Centre’s directive to schools to conduct sit and draw competition, essay competition on a particular subject is laughable. “Doesn’t the state know how to observe Teachers’ Day in schools?” Chatterjee asked.

He said that the state government had already sent circulars to schools, as is the usual practice, “to observe the occasion in a befitting manner, the way our institutions had been observing the day all these years.” The state knows how to show respect to a personality like Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Chatterjee added. A circular by the secretary in the Ministry of HRD, Anil Swarup, posted on the MHRD website, says, “The PM has suggested to promote message of Swachhta on a massive scale in the Swachch Bharat Mission through national level essay and painting competitions across all the schools on occasion of Teacher's Day.”