BANGALORE: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘special class’ was not mandatory and did not reach a majority of students in the state, those who did watch the telecast were not impressed.
The Department of Public Instruction did not make it mandatory for schools to telecast Modi’s speech on account of Teachers’ Day celebrations.
And students of the government schools which did screen the speech did not find it interesting. At Chamarajpet government school, about 200 excited students gathered around a projector screen to listen to the PM’s words for them. At the end of the speech, which began around 3 pm and concluded at 4.45 pm, their enthusiasm had ebbed.
Pradeep (name changed), a student, told Express, “The Prime Minister’s address was not aimed at us (students). I found it concentrated more on teachers.”
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Modi dedicated only around eight to ten minutes to students, and it was followed by an interaction. “Most part of the event was dedicated to the interaction. But as we did not get an opportunity to interact with him, we did not find it interesting,” said another student.
Moreover, students from state schools were disappointed as only Kendriya Vidyalaya students were chosen for the interaction. “When they said it is a nationwide programme, why did they pick students only from KVs for the interaction,” questioned a student of a private school.
Not just students, even teachers were not inspired by the PM’s words. “We were expecting him to address the lack of good bonding between teachers and students and we thought he will impress students with his words. But we did not find anything special,” said the principal of a city-based private school.
Some schools in the city faced a power outage for a while and this disrupted the telecast as there was no back-up. A few BBMP schools rented LCD screens and TV sets while others didn’t take the trouble. Of 49,114 schools in the state, only 1,800 have the EDUSAT facility.