5 December 2022

Ahmedabad : The Gujarat high court on Tuesday sought an explanation from the state government as to why it has not implemented the policy of introducing Gujarati as a mandatory subject in primary schools .

The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice Nisha Thakore issued a notice in response to a PIL filed by Matrubhasha Abhiyan through advocates Amar Bhatt and Ar chit Jani . The petitioners cit ed a government resolution passed on April 13 , 2018 , which made it mandatory for all schools in the state to teach Gujarati language in primary sections , at least from the second term of the academic year 2018-19 .

Gujarati In Schools : HC Notice
Gujarati In Schools : HC Notice

The petitioner complained that though the government has adopted the policy , it has not implemented it .

With more schools offering English medium education , and the number of Gujarati medium schools decreasing , learning of Gujarati has been adversely affected .

The lawyers submitted that states like Telangana and Maharashtra have not only made a policy for mandatory teaching of local languages , but also passed legislations , which are in consonance with Article 29 of the Constitution .

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