New Delhi: At least 30 teachers selected for the National Award for Teachers this year have requested President Ram Nath Kovind through a letter to postpone the felicitation ceremony till the COVID-19 situation normalises.
They wrote the letter to the President after the union government decided to go ahead with a virtual ceremony during COVID-19 pandemic. The winners want the government to have a physical felicitation ceremony.
The Union Education Ministry is scheduled to hold the award ceremony on September 5 (Teachers day) to recognise teachers’ achievements in the educational field.
The letter read, “We were worried that we would not be able to meet your honor in person. Being selected for a National Award is a lifetime achievement for a teacher.”
“We are eagerly waiting to receive this award from the hands of the President and to make this moment recorded as one of the best moments of our life. In addition to this, the interaction with the prime minister is a golden opportunity for us. We are even aware that we will never get such an opportunity again in our life,” the letter added.
However, the teachers said they respect the government’s decision as the ongoing situation is very grim. “But, we want to receive the award from your kind hands. We place our humble request to your excellency the award ceremony may happen in the future after the situation becomes favorable,” the letter added.