NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education is leaving no stone unturned to make sure Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to light a candle/lamp at 9pm tonight is a success. The board has advised the schools affiliated with it to ensure their children carry out the exercise.
- CBSE has advised schools affiliated with it to ensure their children carry out the exercise and report compliance
- The last such call by Modi — to clap blow conch or ring bell for 5 minutes on 22 March — was carried out with much gusto
Not to fall foul of CBSE, schools have sent a letter to parents to make sure their children light a lamp at the given time. Not only this, schools have also asked parents to inform them of their compliance.
Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (SPV), an old and prestigious school in the heart of the capital, has asked parents to inform the ‘homeroom teacher’ if a lamp was lit in their home. The data so collected has to be sent as feedback to the CBSE, the 5 March SPV letter said.
Modi had on Friday urged citizens to switch off all the light switches in their house on Sunday at 9pm for 9 minutes and light a lamp, candle or shine their mobile’s flashlight during the period to show solidarity in fight against covid-19 pandemic.
There is much anticipation around how the PM’s call will fructify since the last one — to clap blow conch or ring bell for 5 minutes on 22 March — was carried out nationwide with much enthusiasm and gusto.
The deadly coronavirus, which first struck in China in December, has so far affected 1.2 million people in 181 countries in the world. Of this, 64,849 have died while 252,391 have recovered, according to data available on Johns Hopkins University website. In India, there are 3,030 active cases currently while 77 people have died, according to ministry of health and family welfare.