Kashmiri girl students during morning assembly in a school
File Photo | Kashmiri girl students during morning assembly in a school

SRINAGAR — The School Education Department has said that the morning assemblies in the educational institutes shall begin with the national anthem as per the standard protocol.

According to the news agency KNO, Principal Secretary to the government for the School Education Department, Alok Kumar said this in a circular issued regarding the guidelines for conduct of morning assemblies in schools.

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“To kickstart a school day on a positive note and to instill a sense of unity and discipline amongst students, the morning assemblies at the start of the school day have proved to be an invaluable ritual of the schooling system,” it reads.

In the circular, Kumar further said that the morning assemblies serve as platforms to nurture the values of moral integrity, shared community, and mental tranquillity. “However, it has been observed that such significant ritual and tradition is not being carried out uniformly across various schools of JK UT,” it reads.

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The Principal Secretary said that in order to maintain uniformity, it is impressed upon all the stakeholders to conduct morning assemblies across the respective schools as per the guidelines. “Morning assembly shall be of 20 minutes duration and all students and teachers shall assemble at the designated area at the commencement of school schedule,” read the guidelines.

It further states that “morning assembly shall begin with the national anthem as per standard protocol.”

The circular also states that in order to inculcate leadership qualities and upgrade the skills of the students as mandated under NEP-2020, three to four students, teachers shall compulsorily give awareness and motivational talks on autobiographies of great personalities, freedom fighters and daily announcements regarding updates on school events, activities, and important announcements.

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Kumar further said, “It is believed that morning assemblies conducted on above-said lines will not only instill a sense of pride in our national identity but also promote discipline and unity amongst students.”

He accordingly called upon both teachers and students to perform their ‘onerous responsibility which shall steer and uplift the mood of the entire school with ease and grace’.

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