Top ministers of various states suggest more military schools and flag hoisting as compulsory in order to make students more patriotic. Read further to know the details.
A set of top ministers of the country has suggested the education policy-making body that the education system in the country must help make students more patriotic than they already are. This should be done by introducing military lessons in school and hoisting the national flag compulsorily.
They also suggested that military-focused schools should be built, biographies of national heroes should be taught and the singing of the national anthem should be mandatory. They said that this would help the children create an ecosystem of morals, patriotism and ethics.
These ideas were pushed by several central ministers as well as those from BJP-ruled states at a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on October 25, 2016. CABE is the highest advisory body on education for central and state governments.
Deepak Joshi, the minister of school education for the state of Madhya Pradesh advised that more Sainik Schools must be built in the country since national and patriotism is the need of the hour.
Deepak Joshi’s idea of military education was supported by Mahendra Nath Pandey, the Union minister of state for HRD, who said that military education must be provided to students to promote the idea of patriotism and nationalism. The minister said that due importance must be given to girls’ education and value education.
Topics like shortages of teachers, the state of midday meals in schools, skill development, how to push yoga, rising dropout rates and the possibility of imparting lessons in mother tongue were also a part of the discussion.
Vijay Goel, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, focused on introducing patriotism and nationalism in the curriculum of the students. Kunwar Vijay Shah, minister of school education of Madhya Pradesh, suggested that schools and government offices should compulsorily fly the Tricolour. He said that 'moral and value-based education' is the need of the hour.