🎶 Not singing the anthem

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Three elite schools in the city were pulled up for skipping the National Anthem.

Story so far: The state government issued an order making it compulsory for students of all schools and pre-university colleges to sing the National Anthem every morning. It applies to PU colleges and government, government-aided and unaided schools.

  • The state government received complaints against three schools – St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bishop Cotton Boys’ High School, and Baldwin Girls’ High School for skipping the National Anthem.
  • A note to the principal secretary cited the 2016 order from the Ministry of Home Affairs mandating schools to instil nationalism by singing the National Anthem. Apparently, many other schools have also not followed the rules on the anthem.

Defence: The principal of St Joseph’s denied the allegation. He said they’ve been singing the anthem whenever they have a field assembly, which doesn’t happen every day. Instead, the anthem is played from the principal’s office.

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