The state education department has ordered teachers and students of government schools across Punjab to come to the school on June 21 and mark the third International Yoga Day.
In a written order issued by the office of Director General of School Education (DGSE), which was sent to all primary and secondary district education officers (DEOs) and school heads on Monday, the teachers have been reminded that even though summer vacations are on, they have to come to the school on June 21 to observe Yoga Day.The order specifies that directions in this regard have been received from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The order addressed to DEOs in Punjabi said, “As per the letter received from MHRD, the third International Day of Yoga is being observed on June 21.
Most government schools have now decided to take help from local Gurdwaras to make announcements to let students know.
Inderjit Singh, DPI (elementary education), Punjab, said, “I have not seen the order yet, but it is something in line with the orders from the central government. There is no harm in doing yoga or coming to school for a day if an initiative is being taken by the government.”
A government teacher from Ludhiana said, “It is basically going to be a photo opportunity like the last two years. Most of the students either is out of town during vacations or do not prefer to attend.
It is not going to fulfill the real purpose of observing Yoga Day.” Another teacher said, “We would be getting it announced through Gurdwaras that students have to come to school on June 21. We got a mail about it today itself.” “It is complete harassment. Now, how can we inform students during vacations,” said a Principal.
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