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Sep 04, 2014 at 06:38pm IST

Schools prepare for PM Modi's Teachers' Day speech, West Bengal says won't follow directive

New Delhi: With a day to go for Teachers' Day, schools across the country are preparing to telecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech live to students on Friday. Government sources say no private school has objected to following the directives.

After Prime Minister mingling with children after the Independence Day celebration, a more elaborate interaction with a much larger footprint on Teacher's Day planned by the HRD ministry has sparked controversy. The ministry plans to show Narendra Modi's speech and subsequent interaction with children across the country via TV and webcast. Students will be asked to stay back till 5 pm on Friday to hear the address.

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Opposition parties have slammed the government for inconveniencing teachers, students and parents. The HRD ministry maintains that attendance is not mandatory.

The West Bengal government has said it will not follow the government order and will go ahead with its own programme for Teachers' Day. The Goa Congress has questioned the "forceful viewing of the telecast." "Such action by the (education) department will not come until and unless there is order from higher-ups. This order is politically motivated. It is like forcing students to watch the telecast," Congress' Goa unit spokesman Durgadas Kamat alleged.

(With additional information from PTI)