Schools to start the day with Preamble and prayer

Mar 04, 2013, 06:41 IST | Ravikiran Deshmukh

Directive also instructs school to hold contests, cultural programmes based on the Constitution to educate students, teachers and parents

Sixty -Three years after our nation became a republic, the state government recently asked all schools, across all boards, to make a reading of the Preamble compulsory during the daily morning prayer. According to the state order, many citizens are not aware of the Constitution and the fundamental rights, duties and values listed in it. As a result, the order has also made it mandatory for all schools to display the Preamble at a prominent place in its premises or paint it on a wall.

Adding to that, schools have to undertake awareness drives, conduct quizzes, drawings competitions, essays competitions, slogan-writing competitions, poster-painting competitions and group singing competitions as a part of the campaign to educate students, teachers and parents about the Constitution. The school management also has to organise lectures and cultural events with the Constitution as a theme. The order also states that every programme should begin with a recitation of the Preamble. Even though a page in all textbooks is devoted to the Preamble, its mass reading or recitation rarely takes place.

The preamble
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation; IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION. 

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