Source: Indian Express
The Gujarat Government may not open schools till November, seeking suggestions from educationists, experts, and academicians who unanimously opinioned that the pre-primary section should not start this academic session, and Navratri and Diwali vacations are curtailed to compensate the lost time.
A virtual meeting presided over by Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh, witnessed the discussion on reopening schools, and also advised a reduction of the syllabus by 30 percent.
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,” Chudasama told.
All educationists agreed that there should be a reduction of 20 to 30 percent in the curriculum, after consulting with subject experts. However, they said it should be decided within a week as teaching has already begun and there may be chances that schools might have covered the portions that would be cut.
“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,” said Dr. Kirit Joshi.