Parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) are usually a prospect of jitters for students. But, they will now get a unique and new twist in Jharkhand. Students of Jharkhand will now worship their parents and celebrate the day of the PTM, March 15th, as ‘matri-pitri pujan diwas (the day of worshipping parents)’. Before meeting teachers, students will now worship their parents according to the culture and practices of the particular region.
The education project of Jharkhand council director has directed district education officers and superintendents to make sure that an event is organized in each of the schools every three months. This idea is the brainchild of Education Minister Neera Yadav.
Avinav Kumar, the state in charge of quality education, said that it is an effort to revive the lost culture of the land where parents are said to be the first ‘guru’ (teacher) of a child. Inculcating ‘matri-pitri pujan’ among the children will help in reforming this culture of parent worship through schools so that some value can be added in the education system.
He also added that it will be organized purely with an aim to inculcate missing values among the new generation through such activities in schools. It is now being felt that including cultural values is also very important along with quality education. Therefore, the decision was taken to organize 'matri-pitri pujan diwas' so that the students could make understand the value of their parents in their life.
Teachers of schools also asserted that it will make a positive impact.
Naseem Ahmed, Bariatu Government school principal, said that it will definitely put a positive impact among the children as while organizing 'matri-pitri pujan diwas', there will also be a discussion related to this tradition. This will help all the children learn cultural values. He added that when children practice the activity practically in school, a sense of respect towards their parents will be developed automatically.
By: Preeti Narula