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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

400 schools don’t want Navratri vacation 

400 schools don’t want Navratri vacation 
At least 400 self-financed and 198 grant-in-aid schools have approached education department of the state government requesting that it reconsider the decision to observe vacation during Navratri.
The schools demanded that Navratri vacation be cancelled and Diwali vacation not be shortened.
After four days of confusion and protests, Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Tuesday clarified that the 7-day Navratri vacation would be from October 10 to 17 instead of October 15-21announced earlier by Minister of State for Education Vibhavari Dave. The decision would not be applicable to schools affiliated to boards other than the Gujarat education board.
Justifying the decision, Chudasama said, “The decision to grant Navratri vacation was taken after considering a report that the nine-day festival registered low presence in schools and colleges, and popular sentiment. The vacation won’t affect education. In fact, we are overwhelmed with messages from various quarters welcoming our decision.”
Chudasama also clarified that the decision will be applicable to Gujarat board grant-in-aid and private schools including primary, secondary and higher secondary sections besi
The self-financed schools have threatened to keep the schools open during Navratri in view of demand by parents and students. The managements of the self-financed schools in a meeting held recently had decided that they will not observe vacation during Navratri.
“Considering demand of students, teachers and parents, we need to keep the schools open. On very next day of the 10-day Navratri vacation, first term examination is due to start for classes X, XI and XII,” said Mahesh Patel, president of self-financed school association.
Representatives of the grant-in-aid school management association had also approached the education department with the same demand. The management association of 198 schools asked the education department officials to allow them to keep the schools open during Navratri
 400 schools don’t want Navratri vacation 

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