He said that the education department was committed towards fostering stress-free and joyful atmosphere in schools so that students may develop further interest in studies.
Giving harsh punishments to children is inhuman and would not be tolerated, he added.
Das said that for the last few months Saturdays were being observed as bag-free "Joyful Saturday" in schools in the state, which had received overwhelming response.
"Such programmes not only strengthen the teacher-student relationship, but also make the learning atmosphere stress-free," he said.
He urged teachers to implement the various schemes launched by the department and said that "Pravesh Utsav" should be observed in the schools at the beginning of the academic session.
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Apart from this, April should be devoted to learning through play under the Class Readiness Programme, Das said.
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