Students in MP to respond to roll-call with ‘Jai Hind’ to ‘instill patriotism’

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Students in government schools of Madhya Pradesh will no longer respond to their daily roll calls with Yes Sir/Yes Mam. They will instead answer their roll calls by saying ‘Jai Hind.’

This step, the state education board said, is to instill a sense of patriotism among the students.

Earlier in November 2017, Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister Vijay Shah had said that answering roll-calls with “Yes, Sir or Yes, Ma’am” does not foster patriotism.

“The education department is the worst managed department. There are thousands of schools that are running just on paper as there are no buildings. The ones that have buildings have no teachers and in schools that have teachers no classes are held because the teachers are strike demanding regularization of their services. The education minister instead of working on these issues is focusing on the roll call,” Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi told India Today.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP government has already instructed schools to hoist the Tricolour and sing the national anthem daily in schools.

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