Satna, Sep 13: Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Vijay Shah on Wednesday directed all the schools in Satna district to make sure that the students answer roll call with ‘Jai Hind’ instead of ‘yes Sir/Madam’ from October 1. Shah also said that depending on the success of the measure, steps will be taken to implement it in the entire state.

The new measure has, for now, been passed on to the government schools. Vijay Shah said that he would take the permission from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to get the measure implemented in all the schools, including the private institutions.

“For now, this is just a suggestion to private schools in Satna,” Shah said. He hoped that the schools will “adhere to his advice since it was related to patriotism”.

Shah has issued these instructions to the divisional meeting of teachers, teachers, principals, Jan Shikshaks and block resource coordinators in Chitrakoot. Earlier, Vijay Shah had asked all the schools to hoist tricolour every day and make sure the national anthem is sung every day during morning assembly.

In March 2017, Shah suggested that Sanskrit should be made the national language of India. “Sanskrit has its value in Tamil and Telugu and also is our dev-bhasha. Apart from Hindi, MP has no official language,” said the Education Minister of MP.

In April 2017, a private school in Meerut issued a diktat asking its students to get a haircut similar to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The school had also warned the students that if they fail to obey the order, they will not be allowed to attend the school. The school, however, denied the charges.

Later, a school management official said that the idea behind the diktat was to ensure that students lead a disciplined life.