Education minister issued order to sing National Anthem in schools and colleges
National Anthem mandatory in schools and colleges of Karnataka: Jana-Gana-mana was not being played in 3 schools, education minister issued an order after receiving a complaint
A complaint was received against St Joseph's Boys High School, Bishop Cotton Boys High School and Baldwin Girls High School in the Central Business District area of Bengaluru for not singing the national anthem.
Karnataka School Education Minister BC Nagesh has made it mandatory for all schools in the state to sing the national anthem after morning prayer. The order was issued after complaints were received about the non-availability of the national anthem in three schools in Bengaluru. The August 17 order will be applicable to all government, semi-government, private schools and pre-university colleges.
The national anthem was not being sung in three schools in Bengaluru despite the government order being implemented. Subsequently, Deputy Directors of the Department of Public Instruction, North and South Divisions, Bengaluru, visited the respective schools and confirmed that there was no national anthem in the morning prayers.
Bengaluru North DDPI Lohitashwa Reddy said – Last week notices were issued to schools where students were not singing the national anthem. Now he has assured that now the national anthem will be sung there regularly.
Earlier, Nagesh had ordered necessary action against St Joseph's Boys High School, Bishop Cotton Boys High School and Baldwin Girls High School in the Central Business District area of Bengaluru. According to section 133(2) of the Karnataka Education Act, there is a rule that the national anthem should be sung in the classes when there is a paucity of space for mass prayer.
Karnataka's School Education Minister B.C. Nagesh has said that schools and colleges are free to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi on the campuses. Speaking to the press in Bengaluru on August 17, Nagesh said, "Schools have full freedom to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year and they can continue it like every year." However, he later clarified that Ganesh Chaturthi should not be considered a religious event.
The statement was criticized by Muslim organizations, who supported the ban on hijab in schools and colleges and questioned the minister's green signal for Ganesh Chaturthi. Campus Front, the student wing of the radical organization Popular Front of India (PFI), condemned Nagesh's statement. The organization said that the state government was hurting the sentiments of other communities in favour of one community.
However, Nagesh later clarified that Ganesh Chaturthi should not be considered a religious event. This is a movement It has been celebrated even before independence and this festival will unite the people.