NEW DELHI: In a bid to boost the morale of the teachers, President Pranab Mukherjee will be taking a class for students of a government school here on the eve of Teachers’ Day. Mukherjee will engage the students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at the Presidential Estate from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on September 4.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who announced this on Friday, said, “The President of India will take class as a teacher for a single day as a mark of respect to the teachers in Delhi government schools.”
He said that they will celebrate Teachers’ Day in honour of a teacher (S Radhakrishnan), who went on to become the country’s President. “This will be yet another milestone when the first citizen of India will interact with the students and teach them the lessons of life,” Sisodia said.
He also said that he, along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal, had a meeting with the President last week regarding this. And Mukherjee, who was impressed with the idea, immediately accepted it. “Today(Friday) he has given the consent also. On the eve of Teachers Day, President Mukherjee would take class,” he added.
One of Mukherjee’s predecessors, the late A P J Abdul Kalam, was known for his impromptu sessions with students or visits to classrooms.
The Delhi government also launched a programme -- Be a Teacher -- in which renowned personalities from different walks of life like art, culture, sport, business, politics and civil services would interact with students as a teacher and share their pearls of wisdom in regular classroom setting and inspire the children to achieve excellence in life.
The Delhi government has already got the consent of many such personalities. The Deputy Chief Minister has appealed to all desirous artists, sportspersons,and officers of judicial and civil services to be a part of the ‘Be a Teacher’ programme of the Delhi government.