Like other states of India, Gujarat also conducted online classes for all the standards at the time of the outbreak of Corona last year. Slowly the offline classes for higher standards and collages were opened across the state, but now primary schools of the state may also begin offline classes from next month as per the latest reports.
Gandhinagar (North Gujarat)
Since March 2020 most of the schools have stopped conducting offline classes in Gujarat because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Last year after the Diwali vacations a few of the schools across the state started offline classes for the higher standards, but due to the second and deadly wave of Corona, offline classes were closed and education was back online.
But, now since there is a break in new cases of COVID-19 in the state and there is less possibility of a probable third wave, the government of Gujarat is contemplating restarting offline classes for primary schools as well. Secondary, Higher-Secondary, and Colleges are already conducting optional offline classes since August this year.
Most probably the offline classes for primary students shall commence from the 1st of December this year. Currently, students of Gujarat are enjoying Diwali vacations which began on 1st November and will end on 21st November.
It is also learned that weekly timings for the primary schools (standard 1 to 5) will be reduced from 6 days to 4 days, but the length of the term may be increased. Like higher standards, the offline option may not be compulsory for the students, and parents’ written permission for offline classes may also be sought from the schools.
Online education was first preferred and supported by the parents of the students because of fear of COVID-19, but gradually the negatives of the same started to come to light and there was an urge from the parents to start the offline classes for all the standards at the earliest. It seems that the government of Gujarat has considered the demand of parents and thus all the standards may have offline education from the 1st of December 2021.
Psychologists have said that online education has created a negative impact on many skills of students in different ways. Many students have been found playing video games at the time of attending online classes. Plus lack of discipline was also found among many students who were part of online studies.
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