The State Government of Gujarat is likely to reopen the schools in November 2020 upon taking certain suggestions from the expert educationists and professors. All of them collectively expressed their view that the classes for pre-primary students shouldn’t be commenced this academic year. Meanwhile, the vacations for popular festivals such as Navratri and Diwali should be reduced to offset the time that was lost due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
On Thursday, a virtual meeting was organized headed by the education minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. About 12 educationists across the state engaged in the meeting and discussed when to restart schools. They even discussed curriculum reduction. At the end of the meeting, they recommended curtailing the cut the curriculum by about 20 to 30 percent.
The minister also said, ‘It was unanimously suggested that the schools should not reopen before November. We agree with that. All the suggestions have been taken note of. Before deciding on this, we would also consult with the health department and take the opinion of health experts. A decision will be taken within a fortnight.’
The minister during the meeting pointed out that the state government isn’t in a hurry to resume schools. The Government’s major concern is the safety of the students. He said, ‘children cannot be taught at the cost of their health.’ The director of CN Vidyavihar, Dr. Kirit Joshi also participated in the meeting. He said, ‘Even if we are able to develop a cure for coronavirus, we cannot resume schools before November. We can start with higher secondary classes, following social distancing and sanitization needs strictly, for which schools need to run in three shifts.’
He further added, ‘We have to reduce the curriculum but it should be decided only by the panel of experts. Also, the examination pattern needs to be revised.’ Get to know the latest educational news on this website.