In its Shivira Panchang, the yearly calendar for schools, Rajasthan’s state Directorate of Secondary Education has announced that government schools will need to arrange ‘Bal Sabhas’ every Saturday where students will be lectured on Indian culture.
Hindustan Times reported that this will be part of the extra curricular activities for around 8600 government schools across the state.
Reports say that the ‘Bal Sabhas’ would take place every Saturday for 30 minutes and on the third in Saturday of every month ‘saints’ or ‘mahatmas’ would have to be invited to lecture the students.
This decision is reportedly after demands from the members of the state Assembly.
The Indian Express quoted Nathmal Didel, Director of Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, as saying “Members of the Assembly had demanded in the past that there should be such an initiative in schools to inculcate moral values among students and the honourable education minister had given them assurance on this.”
The plans for each Saturday also involves inspirational plays and singing of patriotic songs.
State Education Minister Vasudev Devnani told NDTV that this will inculcate good values in students.
The newschannel quoted him as saying, “We plan programmes related to Indian culture every Saturday. These stories would inspire them to become good human beings and good citizens.”
The report on NDTV lists out the activities on each Saturday of the month. The first will be for biographies of mahatmas, the second will be for stories on moral values, the third for the lecture by saints. On the fourth Saturday schools will have to hold quizzes.