Schools resent Gujarat’s move for Navaratri vacation

first_imgThe Gujarat government’s move to declare a week-long vacation in state’s schools and colleges during the Navaratri festivities haD private schools fuming as they were opposed to any mid term vacation which, they claimed, would disturb academic activities in the schools.The Gujarat government on Saturday had announced a seven-day vacation starting from October 15 to 21, in the state’s schools and colleges, for the Navratri festival. However, on Tuesday the government changed the dates for vacation from October 10 to 17.“With one week vacation for Navaratri, students will get holidays holidays for Janmashthmi, Navaratri and Diwali and this will only disturb and disrupt academic activities,” said Naran Patel, President of All Gujarat School Management Association.Local association of private schools in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat had also raised their voice against the government’s announcement, which would reduce the Diwali vacation by one week and institute new vacation for Navaratri.The government had cited demands by students and parents seeking vacation during Navaratri so that youngsters could enjoy dance festivities.“We received several representations for vacation during Navaratri, which is a cultural festival in Gujarat,” said State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.Mr Chudasama contended that number of academic days had not been affected as the government had reduced the days of Diwali vacation to make up for seven days vacation during Navaratri.More than 1000 private schools in Surat and Rajkot had strongly opposed the vacation and contended that the private schools cannot be forced to join the vacation during Navaratri.”As is, the first semester gets shortened by many holidays for festivals like Janmashthami and schools also remain close due to heavy rainfall. There is also the Diwali vacation, and now there will be one week off for Navratri too,” said Ajay Patel, president of Self-Finance School Association in Rajkot.He added that the syllabus planning was prepared in June before school opened, and adjusted periods accordingly. A long vacation of seven days would disturb the syllabus which could not be recovered in any case.last_img