In a significant move, the Gujarat government has announced a 9-day vacation on the occasion of Navratri for all schools and colleges across the state. Navratri - a nine-day festival - is one of the most popular and colourful festival which is celebrated with zest and enthusiasm by the people of the state. Holidays in schools will be implemented across all boards.
The decision was taken in a meeting attended Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Minister of State for Education (Primary and Higher Education) and Pilgrimage, Vibhavariben Dave in Bhavnagar. According to media reports, several senior BJP leaders were also present at the meeting.
"Navratri and garba were the 'cultural identity' of Gujarat and students should be allowed to prepare and participate in the festivities without worrying about schools and colleges the very next day," Vibhavariben Dave said.
"In any case we have get very low attendance during Navratri as students are too tired to come to school after a night long garba and festivities," Dave added.
Dave also said that while fixing the schedule the education department will keep mind that the total number of scheduled days for student's education were not affected. However, she clarified that there won't be any in number of Diwali vacations.
Notably, students get 21-day long Diwali vacations in Gujarat.
Interestingly, the BJP-led Gujarat government has introduced vacation for Navratri almost two decades after it was introduced by Keshubhai government in 1995 but was later withdrawn.