The government of Karnataka has made the national anthem mandatory in all schools and PU colleges in the state. The government passed an order on Wednesday asking all government, private and supported educational institutions in Karnataka to ensure that students sing the national anthem every morning. If educational institutions have no ground for congregation, students can sing the national anthem in class.
The state government has said that it has issued the directive under Section 133(2) of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983. The order further noted that the singing of the national anthem during the morning congregations is practiced in all schools serving a few primary and high schools in Bengaluru.
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The department had also received complaints about this, a leading daily reported. After visiting some private schools in Bengaluru, deputy directors of the Public Instruction Department discovered that some schools were not singing the national anthem during the morning meeting.
In addition, the Minister of School Education and Literacy, BC Nagesh, ordered “necessary actions” against three private schools in Bengaluru. The schools include St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bishop Cotton Boys’ High School and Baldwin Girls’ High School.
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According to Section 7(2)(g)(i) of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, it is necessary to “abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the anthem”. “Officials filed a report confirming that the schools did not allow the students to sing the national anthem daily,” Nagesh told the news daily. The schools have been notified.
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