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Decision on reopening of schools will be taken post-Diwali: Gujarat

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The education department on Monday clarified that schools in the state will not reopen until Diwali. Whether it will start functioning post-Diwali will be decided later, the state said.

The government said that the decision on whether primary and secondary schools in the state will be allowed to function was dependent on how the COVID-19 situation panned out in the coming months.

It should be noted that in the latest Unlock, several offices, factories and even gymnasiums have been allowed to function. In Gujarat, the education department has asked schools to continue classes online as they have not been allowed to re-open.

The state clarified that whether schools will reopen post-Diwali will be decided later depending on the COVID-19 situation in the state.

Meeting on education matters in Gandhinagar

A meeting of the education department officials was held in Gandhinagar on whether schools should reopen or not.

The government’s decision not to allow schools to reopen have been welcomed by both parents as well as school administrators.

The meeting chaired by education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama discussed various concerns of teachers as well as schools in Gujarat.

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A discussion on reduction in grants being made to schools was also done. The matter concerning non-education related recruitment in the schools was also discussed at length.

Another meeting to discuss a reduction in the curriculum of state board syllabus this year due to reduced teaching days will also be held in the coming days.

It should be noted that due to the lockdown imposed in March, schools have lost a considerable number of teaching days this year and there have been requests to reduce the curriculum.

The Centre has already announced a reduction in CBSE curriculum this year by up to 30% for class 9 to 12. The Centre had said that the aim was to reduce exam stress on students due to COVID-19 and prevent learning gaps.

The reduction was undertaken by the board for nearly 190 subjects as a one time measure.

 

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