All the private schools in Gujarat have stopped online classes for an unknown period from Thursday. This suspension news came after the state Government issued an order saying that no school should collect fees from students until the reopening of schools. In the previous week, the state Government of Gujarat issued an official notification. Through the notice, it directed all the self-financed schools in the state not to take tuition fees from students. That particular notice was issued considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government also directed all the schools in the state not to increase the school fees for the academic year 2020-21. A union representing about 15000 self-financed schools in the state. This Union was not happy with the initiative of the Government. The union decided to stop organizing online classes to the students. Most of the private schools have started digital classes earlier this month. This arrangement will be on hold due to the new move of the government, says the union.
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, the Education Minister of the state said that the state government will consider the students of classes 3 to 12 to take part in the online education programme affiliated to the GSHSEB board. The private schools’ association had suspended online classes to the students until the government withdraws the GR. The minister said, ‘Since self-financed schools have decided to stop all online classes, the state government will teach students from Class 3 till 12 in English and Gujarati medium.’
The schools against the government’s decision are affiliated to various boards such as the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, International Baccalaureate, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, International General Certificate of Secondary Education Cambridge University and Central Board of Secondary Education.
The minister further added, ‘We already have learning material developed in Gujarati medium and the process has already started to cover English medium students. We are expecting to come out with this (study material) in 10 days.’ The minister was asked about the difficulties of parents registered under various boards excluding GSHSEB. He then said, ‘I am only responsible for my board and its students.’ Bharat Gajipara, the President of the Gujarat Self Financed School Management Association said, ‘When the state government has failed to reach out to 80 per cent of government school students with its online education programme, how will it reach out to 70-80 lakh students of private schools.’ Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational news in the state.