Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
Bowing to pressure from schools the Gujarat government has cancelled Navratri vacations in schools and colleges. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
The Gujarat Education board had earlier passed a resolution demanding cancellation of the vacation. But the government rejected the resolution and announced 8 day Navratri vacation and 15 days Diwali vacation. But with cancellation of Navratri vacation Diwali vacation would be now for 21 days.
But school managements made representations to the government that Navratri vacations led to shortage of time to complete the course. Schools in Surat and Rajkot strongly protested the vacation.
Earlier last week school managements across the state had demanded extension of summer vacation due to heat wave conditions. But the government did not accept the demand.
When the eight-day Navratri vacations were announced for the first time last year, many private schools had expressed their apprehensions stating that the move would adversely affect the studies of students, especially those appearing for Class X and XII board exams.
Many self-financed schools affiliated to the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) had also defied the state government order and continued with their academic calendar last year.
Dipak Rajyaguru, president of the Federation of Self-Financed Schools in Gujarat, welcomed the state cabinet’s decision, saying that such a vacation was not needed in the first place.
“Ever since the Navratri vacation was declared last year, we have been asking the state government to withdraw its decision, as we felt that it will affect the studies. Though the vacation finally came into effect, as many as 400 private schools in Surat district alone, had stuck to their academic schedule and did not take vacation,” he said.
“That was the main reason why Surat district’s result in Class X and XII board exam was higher than other districts this time. We had conveyed this to the state government recently and we are happy that our demand has been accepted,” Rajyaguru added. Moreover, the vacation is unnecessary as majority of the schools run in the afternoon, while very few run in the morning, he said.
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