Now Bhubaneswar schools to hold prayer after classes

Bhubaneswar: In an important decision by Odisha School & Mass Education Department, it has decided to hold prayers twice in a day in all government schools in the capital city Bhubaneswar as a measure to inculcate discipline in students.

As per the decision, students of all Primary, Upper Primary and High Schools in Bhubaneswar will take part in prayer session at 4 pm post the end of their classes along with the usual 10 am session.

“The new system is being implemented in Bhubaneswar on a pilot basis initially and it would be implemented in other parts of the state at a later stage,” said an official.

By holding a prayers at the end of the day, students would leave the school in a disciplined manner and by that the rush will be avoided, believes the department.

In another crucial decision, the S & ME Department has decided to expedite the ongoing ‘SMILE’ program to increase student enrolment in schools. In this direction, teachers would make regular visits to the houses of students to hold talks with their parents if so needed.

To increase the participation of parents in the Parent-Teacher Meeting (PTM), which is being held four times a year in the government schools in Bhubaneswar, the department has decided to take prompt action.

Moreover, to guarantee transparency in checking of exam answer sheets in schools, from now onwards the headmasters of their respective schools will recheck a few sample answer sheets of the annual examination. The annual examination is scheduled to be held in March this year.

A one-day workshop for headmasters and headmistresses of government schools of Bhubaneswar was held on the premises of Capital High School recently by Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) chaired by Project Director Bhupendra Singh Poonia. Speakers gave emphasis on quality education of students on this occasion.

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