Primary and high schools in the State will conduct various competitions from January 7 to 11 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. January 12, is celebrated as National Youth Day.
Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri said all schools had been instructed to conduct competitions such as painting, fancy dress, essay writing and elocution to mark the birth anniversary of the patriot, thinker and spiritual leader.
Nearly 1.1 crore schoolchildren from about 70,000 schools would participate in the competitions.
They would also take out a procession on January 12 to create awareness about the principles advocated by Swami Vivekananda. Schools had been told to involve parents, school development monitoring committee members, voluntary organisations and members of the Swami Vivekananda Trust in the procession, the Minister added.
Mr. Kageri urged the Union government to release money to the State to reimburse school fees of children admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) quota last year.
Nearly 50,000 children received admission under RTE in private educational institutions.
The State government has disbursed Rs. 27 crore as the first instalment of reimbursement, and another Rs. 27 crore was required, the Minister said.
The Centre, which formulated the Act, was not bothered about meeting the costs of implementing the Act and had ignored the State’s demands, he charged. The financial burden on the State government would increase if the Centre declined aid towards education, he added.
Schools will conduct competitions from January 7 to 11 A procession will be taken out on National Youth Day
Schools will conduct competitions from January 7 to 11
A procession will be taken out on National Youth Day