Maharashtra: Parents, teachers decry circular asking school children to post selfie with CM’s letter

An activist alleged that the government was bringing politics into schools by urging students to engage in such activities.

Maharashtra: Parents, teachers decry circular asking school children to post selfie with CM’s letter

Parents of school children and teachers in Maharashtra have questioned the rationale behind a state government circular requesting students to take a selfie with a letter authored by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, The Indian Express reported.

The circular, issued by the school education department, asked students to upload selfies with their parents while posing with the letter on the website mahacmletter.in. Along with the photographs, the students were asked to write a ten-word slogan on education.

The winning entry from each district will get a cash prize and a chance to have a meal with the chief minister, the education department said.

Parents of some school children, however, alleged that the government was bringing politics into schools by urging students to engage in such activities.

“I was told that it is not mandatory after I started asking questions in my child’s school,” Nitin Dalvi, a parent activist told The Indian Express. “But all parents are not going to question, especially when the circular conveniently does not mention that it is not mandatory. Moreover, schools will be under the obligation to show maximum participation.”

Dalvi questioned why the government was getting students to take part in such an activity at a time when they were busy preparing for examinations.

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