Already under tremendous stress in the make-or-break years that will determine their educational career, Board students shifted into panic mode when schools in the city suspended online classes over clash with the government over charging fee during the pandemic.
Gujarat government has provided online classes to students from Class 3 to 12 through BISAG and DD Girnar channels. But other students of CBSE, IB, and ICSE depend on schools and tutors to study.
Worried that the course will not be completed in time ahead of Board exams, parents have been calling up the school administration to figure out the future course of action, said principals.
“The syllabus was being covered at good speed even through online classes. So, we are worried about completing our syllabus if the government and schools cannot come to an understanding soon,” said Kush Patel, Class 12 student of J G International School Harsh Sajit, a Class 10 student of The Tulip International School, said he doesn’t take tuition. “However, without online classes, it will get difficult to study even at home. I am unable to find a solution to the situation and am concerned for my studies,” he said.
Harsh’s mother Khyati said, “There is little chance that Board exams will be delayed. Gujarat government’s no-fee decision has put the future of all Board students in jeopardy. We have already paid the fee and want our children to get good education from schools.”
Navya Shivani, Class 12 student of Udgam School for Children said no classes means less interaction. “Even if we study at home, there is no one to solve our doubts. If this continues, we will be in deep trouble,” she said. Dr Amit Patel, father of Class 10 at Seventh Day Adventist School, said the decision has only resulted in trouble for parents and students. “I want to send my child to the US for higher education.
All scores are considered for the process. With ambiguity, break in classes, and switching from one mode to the other, children get confused and lose focus. The best solution must be brought keeping in mind interest of students,” he said.
The Gujarat government on Wednesday directed self-financed schools not to collect fee from students as long as they remain shut in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. It also asked these schools not to hike fees for the academic year 2020-21. Unhappy with the move, a union of representing nearly 15,000 self-financed schools in Gujarat decided to put on hold online classes, an alternative arrangement started earlier this month for students.