New Delhi, April 14: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath found an alternative for the holidays provided to students on the birth and death anniversaries of great men and social leaders, and announced special programmes to educate the school children about the greatness of the leaders, instead.
In a programme organised to celebrate the 126th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Lucknow on Friday, CM Yogi Adityanath said, "it is not a great idea to close the schools on the occasion of birth or death anniversaries of great people. In fact, many times, children don't even know why the school has been closed. This defeats the purpose of commemorating a holiday on the occasion."
UP CM said that special programmes will be held to ensure that children are given chance to take inspiration from the great leaders.
"To ensure that children take inspiration from the great leaders, special programmes should be organised on the occasion," Yogi said.
"The struggle and journey of Baba Sahab Ambedkar is a story that has inspired many generations and will continue to do the same in future as well," he added.
He also pointed out that such holidays decrease the required working days of schools and affect child future.
"Rule books say that schools should have 220 working days but the target is rarely achieved because of too many holidays. This leaves the teachers with about 130-140 working days which is not enough for students to learn," he said.
He used the opportunity to clarify BJP's and his personal inclination towards Hindu religion, and said, "I want to reiterate that the BJP government is not prejudiced towards any caste or religion. In fact, we are committed to mainstream sections of society that have been left behind in the race for development."