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Partha takes dig at PM’s address

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

State-Centre tussle is once again in the forefront with state education minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday declaring that students do not have the time to listen to the Prime Minister’s address scheduled on Friday.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) had invited students across the country to “interact, discuss and deliberate” on various issues relating to exams directly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the exam season.

MHRD has called students to submit their questionnaire and the PM will answer their questions in an attempt to dispel phobia of exams. It should be mentioned that a few days ago, the chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee, declared that the state will opt out of Modicare, the National Health Protection Scheme.

“It is that time of the year again when many young friends among us will be appearing for board examinations and other entrance examinations… This year, let us embrace this exam season on a positive note by sharing experiences, anecdotes and thoughts on studying for exams and dealing with exam stress.

Discuss & Deliberate on issues related to exams,” the MHRD circular states. “Students will soon be appearing for their exams with Madhyamik and Higher Secondary exams right around the corner. There is no time for students to listen to public addresses.

It is time to study,” state education mi – nister Partha Chatterjee said, taking a dig at the PM’s address. This is not the first time that education institutions have ignored notices of the MHRD.

A ircular to video record school performances on Tea – chers Day celebrations by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan too was earlier dismissed by the state schools.

“ The PM can give his address, but that does not mean we have to air it. For us conducting the exam is important, not taking students from one place to another to listen to lectures, he said.