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Karnataka

Karnataka Govt Makes National Anthem Compulsory In All Schools, PU Colleges

In an order issued on August 17, Karnataka’s Department of School Education and Literacy mandated that students should sing the 'Jana Gana Mana' during the mass prayer every morning.

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has made singing of the national anthem compulsory in all schools and pre-university colleges in the state. In an order issued on August 17, Karnataka’s Department of School Education and Literacy mandated that students should sing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ during the mass prayer every morning.

The latest directives come amid reports that some some primary and secondary schools in Bengaluru have not been practising the mass singing of the national anthem.

The order, applicable to all government, aided and private schools and pre-university colleges, stated that the government has received complaints about schools not following the directions.

On receiving the complaints, Deputy Directors of the Department of Public Instruction, Bengaluru North and South divisions have visited the schools concerned and confirmed that the singing of national anthem in the morning prayer was not happening there.

The order cites Section 133(2) of the Karnataka Education Act, which gives the government the power to issue directions. The order also says in case of lack of space for mass prayer, the national anthem should be sung in the classrooms.