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Gujarat High Court: The Gujarat High Court has held that state schools affiliated to CBSE and other boards like ICSE cannot refuse to implement the Gujarat government’s policy of teaching Gujarati language as a compulsory subject in classes I to VIII. Hearing a PIL regarding the implementation of the policy introduced by the Gujarat government in April 2018, Justice Sonia Gokani on Friday said that if the government felt “helpless” to force schools, the court would issue necessary directions .
In October this year, an NGO called “Matribhasha Abhiyan” had filed a PIL seeking a direction to the high court to implement the state government’s policy on Gujarati language in schools in letter and spirit. During the hearing on Friday, advocate Archit Jani, appearing for the NGO, informed a bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice Mona Bhatt that as per an RTI application, 15 schools have stated that Gujarati is not a part of their curriculum.
Archit said, “Those schools are not teaching Gujarati. And no action has been taken for not following the policy of the government. It is not clear in the government’s affidavit what action the government will take against such schools.
Justice Gokani said, “Don’t feel helpless because you are the state and this is your policy. You need to make it clear to those schools that they have to implement this policy. Otherwise, what will be the consequences, it is up to you to decide. The board may have its own syllabus, but they cannot say no to this policy. If he has to work in Gujarat, he has to implement the policy.