The Gujarat State Government had issued a circular in 2018 making it mandatory for all the schools to teach Gujarati language even to the students coming from other states.
In Maharashtra, Marathi subject is taught compulsorily in schools.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
It is compulsory to teach Gujarati subject in any board school in the state. However, it has been noticed that Gujarati subject is not taught in many schools. Following such reports the District Education Officer has been ordered by the Education Department to investigate and take action.
Even though it is mandatory to teach Gujarati subject as per the rules of the state government, the schools are ignoring the government circular. So now the education department has ordered to take such schools under the radar.
The survival of Gujarati language in Gujarat is threatened
Gujarati language is our mother tongue and it is necessary for students coming from other states to understand and know Gujarati language. For such a noble purpose, in the year 2018, teaching of Gujarati subject has been made compulsory in all the board schools like Gujarat Board, CBSE and ICSC Board. Earlier, a student could study Hindi subject instead of Gujarati subject, but the state government issued a circular and made Gujarati subject compulsory. After the circular it is compulsory to teach Gujarati subject in any school of the state.
Neglect of Gujarati language is happening in Gujarat itself
It has come to the notice of the Gujarat Education Department that despite the circular, many schools in the state are not implementing this circular and Gujarati subject is not taught there. Regarding this, all the DEO offices of the state have been ordered to prepare a report and send it to the education department after proper investigation whether Gujarati subject is being taught in the schools or not. On the other hand, the School Management Association has also appealed to the Education Department that punitive action should be taken against the schools which are not implementing this.
Regarding this, Bhaskar Patel, president of the school management board, has said that, ‘If you want to live in Gujarat and study in the school here, you should have an understanding of the Gujarati language. In Maharashtra, Marathi subject is taught compulsorily in schools.
According to the government circular, it is compulsory to teach Gujarati in class 1 to 8. Most CBSE schools do not teach Gujarati and have kept the government resolution in the closet. Punitive action should be taken against the schools in which teaching of Gujarati subject has not been started.
Courtesy: News Waali (Published on October 13, 2022)