Following the Gujarat government’s mandate, dated July 16, to not collect tuition fees amidst school shutdown, over 15,000 private schools had suspended classes since July, 23. The schools have announced to resume online classes from Monday onwards days after filing a writ petition in the Gujarat High Court (HC). Schools have retracted their previous decision to go for an indefinite suspension of classes.
In a virtual meeting attended by three state associations of self-financed and grant-in-aid schools, the decision of resuming classes was taken anonymously. Requests from parents to continue with the classes poured in, as informed by Deepak Rajguru, spokesperson for Self-Financed Schools Federation.
“In these three days, many parents’ organisations contacted us using social media, text messages and phone calls, saying they are willing to continue online education, as students get to learn very well,” further clarified Rajguru.
“We have differences with the state government, so why should students be at the receiving end? There has been no communication with the state government,” said Bharat Gajipara, President, Gujarat State Self-Financed Schools Management Association.
The meeting mainly discussed the unreasonable nature of government resolution— quite an unjustified move for the education sector.
“We have expressed our resentment against the GR and are fighting it in the High Court. In the last two days, parents requested resuming online classes via social media, phone calls and messages. We continue to protest the state government’s decision, but keeping in mind these requests and after discussion with various educationists and academicians, we have decided that administrative work will be closed in all schools, but online classes will be resumed,” read the official statement by the association.
Schools had also launched unified social media campaigns in a bid to protest against the government order.
“We have received tremendous support from parents and other sections of the society, backing the various initiatives taken by self-financed schools for the betterment of students’ education. A large number of parents have shown their disagreement towards the government’s GR on not levying fees till normal classes resume. Buoyed by their support, we are launching a digital campaign to get further support on a national scale. Coming together for the sake of the education fraternity in Gujarat is an important step to stop the shortsighted (move) which will have deep consequences,” commented Manan Choksi, former President, Association of Progressive Schools.