The Gujarat government on Friday in a release clarified that it has not shut down the Tamil School in Maninagar, Ahmedabad. The release said that only the classes have been stopped but the accreditation of the school continues. Gujarat government latest news
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said the classes were shut down as the school did not have the requisite number of students.
But the accreditation of the school continues, he said. He said reports of the school being shutdown is not right.
Since the year 2016, the number of students in the school has been decreasing. It went from 84 to 51 and then to 31, a release said. It said this was why classes were shut down.
“The accreditation of the Tamil school continues and two teachers and a peon are still associated with the school,” the release said.
Chudasama said as, on February 27, the student strength was 35 for class 9 to 12. As per a government notification of 2011 classes that do not have the mandatory strength of 36 students have to be shut down. Gujarat government latest news
He said the school was given several opportunities and hearings were also held but the student strength did not increase and as result classes were shut down.
Tamil Nadu CM offers help to Tamil school
Chudasama’s clarification comes after Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami wrote a letter promising financial help to keep the school running.
Palaniswami in a letter to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said he came to know of the only Tamil school in the state being shut down and urged Rupani to keep it going.
He said the Tamil Nadu government will take up the expense of running the school. Palaniswami said it was the Gujarat government’s duty to protect the linguistic minorities in the state.
“Tamil is an ancient language with rich history and culture and migrants from Tamil Nadu have immensely contributed to the development of Gujarat. I request you to protect the future of Tamil linguistic minority in Gujarat,” the letter said.
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