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Saturday , March 15 , 2014
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Kids to tutor parents on vote

Children would teach parents a lesson, quite literally.

In a rare initiative, school kids will motivate their parents to exercise their voting rights by taking them to school.

They would then seek a promise from the elders that they would surely cast their votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

As part of the Bihar Divas function, the education department would start a voting awareness campaign on March 22 — the Bihar Divas.

On the instruction of the chief electoral officer, Bihar, the department would set off a daylong voting awareness campaign, where students would motivate their parents to vote.

Director (primary education) M. Saravanan said: “The idea is to create awareness about elections. In this connection, schoolchildren will bring their parents to school on March 22, where they would be administered oath by school authorities, teachers, principal and students that they would cast their votes without failure on the election day.”

According to the education department, though it is an official order, it is not mandatory for parents to attend the awareness.

The department’s focus is to increase the voting percentage in the state.

On the occasion of National Voters’ Day on January 25, an awareness programme was organised at Patna Women’s College, where television actress Ratan Rajput, who is the brand ambassador of State Election Commission, Bihar, asked women to exercise their voting rights.

In the 2010 Assembly elections, the voting percentage in the state was 52.71 per cent, while in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections the percentage was even less than 45 per cent.

“Since students are the best medium who can influence their parents, we have decided to take their help in voting,” said Saravanan.