The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation School Board has decided to close down six schools — one each in Marathi, Urdu, Hindi and Sindhi and two Gujarati medium — running for decades in the city.
This decision was taken in its general board meeting on Monday. There will be only one Sindhi medium school in Ahmedabad city while the number of other regional medium schools that are continuously on a decline.
Citing poor student strength as the reason for closing down, the AMC School Board has selected six municipal schools running in areas, including Kankaria (Urdu), Meghaninagar (Marathi), Rakhiyal (Hindi) and Kubernagar (Sindhi). These will be closed down in the ensuing academic session in June.
While reacting on the fate of students who are already enrolled in these schools, the authorities claimed that they are free to take admission in any other medium school nearby.
The surprising fact is that while the AMC School Board has claimed poor student strength in these schools, it has decided to close down two Gujarati medium schools as well, citing the same reason. These are in Kalupur and Khadiya areas.
This clearly reflects that the number of students in municipal schools is on a constant decline.
In addition to these, six municipal schools, two Marathi medium schools — that are already running as “attached schools” as per AMC School Board due to very few students — will be entirely closed down. These schools are running in Purshottamnagar and Bhadra as attached Marathi schools with some other medium schools.
“There are infrastructural as well as financial difficulties in running these schools where the number of students is depleting. The decision of closing them down was taken so that the available resources can be utilised elsewhere. There are not more than 20-25 students in each school while in a few the number is even lesser,” said AMC School Board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.
The school board has also decided to open five new municipal schools in Gujarati, English and Hindi mediums. “Two new English medium schools would be opened in Kankaria and Vejalpur area each. Also, two Gujarati medium schools in Nikol and Vejalpur along with one Hindi medium in Vatva would be an addition to the existing schools,” Bhavsar said.