Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: For the third in a row, the State Government has skipped the official celebrations at the State level to mark Teacher’s Day.

Much to the chagrin of teachers, the State Government did not even make an official announcement citing reasons for putting off the function that is usually organised with fanfare to honour outstanding teachers and present ‘best teacher’ awards.

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy paid floral tributes to former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s statue on Tank Bund and left on a two-day visit to Kadapa. School Education Minister C. Damodar Raj Narasimha garlanded the statue of Dr. Radhakrishnan and left for Sangareddy.

In 2005, the Teacher’s Day function was postponed due to the code of conduct in force for the municipal elections as a reason, while last year, the Chief Minister was away in Delhi. On both the occasions, separate functions were arranged at a later date.

Teachers’ unions alleged that the celebrations were postponed to facilitate the Chief Minister to attend official functions in Kadapa.

Teachers unions have taken serious exception to the Government’s indifferent attitude to celebrate Teacher’s Day. MLC B. Mohan Reddy said the Government’s action was not correct.

Teachers would feel happy only when the uniform service rules were implemented, Mr. Mohan Reddy said.

Progressive Recognised Teachers Union president P. Venkat Reddy termed the decision as unfortunate.

“When the Chief Minister and Education Minister are in the State, what prevented the Government from organising a function,” he asked.

President of AP Teachers Federation K. Venugopal said the sanctity of Teacher’s Day was eroded.