Gujarat Board schools in the state will have Diwali vacation from October 29 to November 18. The Gujarat Secondary Education Board announced the 21 days of vacation for this academic year.
The board has however not made any announcement regarding the term exams in schools. Usually, the term exams are held before the Diwali vacations.
A letter from the board said that every year it comes out with a calendar for various schedules including holidays and exams. But this year due to COVID-19, the schools reopened late and it also did not come out with the usual schedule calendar.
As a result, it became imperative for the board to announce the Diwali vacation since several teachers and other staff members continue to teach from school.
It should be noted that education in the state continues to be online and the government has not yet decided whether to open schools or not. It is also not known if and when the schools will be reopened.
As of now, only staff members are called to the schools while children study from home.
School reopening post-Diwali vacation?
Earlier education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama had held a meeting with schools and primary education officials concerning reopening of schools.
In the webinar meeting, the education minister had hinted that the state may not reopen schools for up to class 8 even after Diwali. Physical classes may likely resume for students of class 9 to 12.
If students are allowed to attend schools post the Diwali vacation in November it will be subject to several conditions. It is being speculated that if schools open, the government will not allow school vans to ferry kids to avoid violating social distancing norms.
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