Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
In a major decision to promote Gujarati language the state government has announced that Gujarati will be compulsory in classes 1 and 2 from the next academic year. It will be introduced as an introductory language initially then will be made compulsory in class 3-8 in phased manner.
Announcing this in the State Assembly today State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said that teaching of language will be mandatory in all schools affiliated with different boards like CBSE, IGCSE, IB, CISCE and international boards. He said that steps would be taken to ensure that there were no problems in implementing the decision. He said that help would be taken from experts for smooth implementation.
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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