A notice well before Teacher's Day was sent to all colleges and schools in Gujarat telling Narendra Modi will address the students. Modi also made it mandatory for students to watch this programme attentively, whether they want it or not. The District education officers made sure there were TV sets with cable connections in schools and colleges. The students were also administered an oath by the CM. A copy of the pledge was dispatched to all schools and the principals were asked to distribute photocopies to their students so that they can read the oath correctly.
"Negligence in following the instructions will not be tolerated," the noice stated, adding that there could be surprise checks.
Congress leader Arjun Modvadhia has said that Modi was making a mockery of the occasion and it was a misuse of the state machinery. "It is a day which celebrates teachers, in which politicians should have no role," he said.