Govt postpones plan to make Gujarati compulsory in schools

Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar

Gujarat government has postponed its decision to make Gujarati compulsory from class 1 in all schools from new academic session starting from June. The government had announced in March its decision to make Gujarati mandatory even in CBSE, ICSE and IGCSE schools.

State Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said that the decision has been postponed till Diwali. As these schools will have to recruit teachers and get books ready.

The minister said that there were many schools in the state which did not have Gujarati as subject. Consequently children have no knowledge of the language. “The move will increase pride in Gujarati as a language as all children studying in Gujarat will be conversant with the local language. The state has taken a cue from most states across India where local language is compulsorily taught in primary schools,” said Chudasama.

Currently, Gujarati is introduced as a subject from class 5 in English medium schools affiliated with Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) while it is offered as an optional subject in CBSE schools in classes 5-10. In ICSE schools, Gujarati is taught as an optional subject in classes 6-10.

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