Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has made it mandatory for all schools in the state to teach Gujarati language to their students.
This was announced by state's Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in the state Assembly on Tuesday.
"Irrespective of the board they are affiliated to, including the CBSE, ICSE, IB, CISEC or IGCSE, teaching Gujarati will be mandatory for every school in the state,'' the minister said.
The minister also took to Twitter about the state government's move to make Gujarati compulsory in all schools across the state.
ગુજરાતના બાળક યોગ્ય રીતે ગુજરાતી બોલી અને સમજી શકે તથા બીજા બોર્ડ અને અન્ય ભાષાના માધ્યમની શાળાઓમાં ભણતા વિધાર્થીઓ ગુજરાતી ભાષા/સંસ્કૃતિથી પરિચિત થાય તેવા હેતુથી સરકારે રાજ્યની સરકાર માન્ય અને બોર્ડ/માધ્યમની શાળાઓમાં ગુજરાતી શીખવવાના સાંસ્કૃતિક નિર્ણયની ગૌરવભેર જાહેરાત કરૂં છું https://t.co/Vz7ECV0nWn
— Bhupendrasinh Chudasama (@BhupendraSinh1) March 27, 2018
"To familiarise the students of the state with Gujarati language, the government has decided to make it a mandatory subject in classes 1 to 8," he informed the lawmakers.
Chudasama further said that the decision would come into effect from the coming academic year starting June.
For those schools where the new academic year has already started, the decision will be implemented from the second term of the year.
However, the minister said that Gujarati will initially be taught as an introductory language in classes 1 and 2 to avoid sudden inconvenience to students across the state.
"Gradually we will take this initiative forward with the help of educationists and experts," he said.
Stating reason behind the state government's move, the minister said that it was observed that students studying in mediums other than Gujarati in the state were unfamiliar with the language.
"In in the interest of the language and our culture, we have taken this decision", the Minister said.