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Jain Saint’s Discourse-Surprise to School Teachers

    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), March 14, 2012: A group of Government school teachers in Bhopal who had gone to collect examination material and question papers were ‘made to wait for hours and subjected to a sermon session by a Jain saint, instead.

    What has galled several teachers, who belong to various religions, was that they were also made to sign an undertaking saying they would henceforth eat no fish, eggs or meat _ not to mention imbibe alcohol.

    On Tuesday, the teachers were to be at the Government Model School in TT Nagar at 11 am for collecting material for class IX and XI exams. They were also told that a meeting would be convened by the district collector.

    At the venue, they were told that Saint Chinmay Sagar or ‘Jungle Wale Baba’ would be addressing them from 1.30 pm. Apparently to ensure a decent headcount at the meet, the teachers were not given the question papers of classes IX and XI that they had come to collect, until after. District collector Nikunj Shrivastava too appeared soon, and the teachers said they just had to stay on.

    A teacher from a government school in Karond said, ” We went there to collect question papers and also because we were told the collector would have a meeting related to the examinations.”

    The distribution of question papers commenced only from 3 pm in the afternoon. A large number of teachers took part in this “Teachers’ Meeting” organised by the school education department. Besides the collector, the DEO and other officials from the school education department were also present.

    When contacted , the DEO C M Uppadhaya said, ” We had informed about the details of the programme to the teachers in advance. If they were not aware of it , its their problem”. -News Courtesy: Times of India

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