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Irani trashes report of schools remaining open on Christmas

This time, the HRD ministry is in a row over a circular by Navodya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) asking all its schools to
observe December 25 – X’mas day — as ‘Good Governance Day’.  

As the issue generated heat both inside and outside Parliament, the government moved on multiple fronts to defuse the row, clarifying that all schools including Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalas (JNV) will remain closed on December 25.

Dismissing the report as ‘baseless and inaccurate’, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said, “It is unfortunate that misreporting has been deliberately done... controversy has been created to grab headlines. December 25 is Christmas and will be celebrated like that and schools will be shut.”

Irani, while talking to reporters outside the Parliament, said, “The essay competition that the schools including Central government-run JNV would be organising would be ‘voluntary’ in nature and conducted online. All schools would remain closed on X’Mas and essay competition would be organised online only.”

A circular issued by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti had last week stated that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday will be celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’ and asked all the JNVs to ‘ensure’ celebration of the day.

The circular said that CBSE would also be organising competitions under CBSE expression series on good governance on December 24 and 25 and it was open to all schools under the Board.

The circular also said, “Screening of documentaries and films on best practices in good governance and organisation of various activities through child cabinets in schools would be organised.”


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