Already at the apathy of the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board, the rate at which Urdu and Marathi schools are being shut down by the authorities, these would soon lose their presence in the city.
In the academic session to start from June 9, out of a total four Marathi municipal schools, two are being closed down and converted into Gujarati medium.
The Urdu medium schools will also face a similar fate as two schools are being closed down and another is being merged with Gujarati medium school. This will further bring down the number of Urdu medium schools from 62 to 59, while one to be run as a merged school.
The reason cited by the authorities for closing down these schools is the usual one – decline in number of students and no taker for these schools in comparison to the increasing preference for Gujarati and English medium schools. Whereas, they failed to answer what options are left with nearly 120 students of these schools.
“At present, there are no student as they have taken transfer certificates and left these schools. So, we have decided to closed down and merge these schools. The students might have taken admission in Gujarati medium schools as being here for all these years, they are pretty comfortable with Gujarati,” said AMC school board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.
However, the fact is the authorities had decided to close down these schools, students were asked to take transfer certificates and get admission in other schools. While some of these were till Class VI and others Class VIII.
“Even before the final examinations, we were asked to leave the school and take admission in another school, be it Gujarati or Hindi medium. But when studied throughout in Marathi medium, how will we study in a Gujarati medium school,” said a student of Saijpur Marathi School number 1. This school had 21 students. It is being converted into Saijpur Gujarati School.
Another Marathi school in Naranpura is set to be closed down leaving the tally to only two Marathi schools in the city. It had 10 students. Official approval to these decisions would be given in the municipal school board meeting scheduled on June 3.
Similarly, Raikhad Urdu school number 4 that had 59 students is all set to be closed down from this academic session. Another Urdu school, Kalupur Urdu School number 4 from where 31 students had sought transfers is being closed down.
While, Dariyapur Urdu school number 6 is to be merged with Dariyapur school number 2. The decline in number of Urdu medium municipal schools has been witnessed since 2001-02 when the number was highest 92, with nearly 30,000 students.
At present, the number of Urdu schools has declined from 92 to 62. However, out of a total 450 municipal schools, there are 290 Gujarati medium schools, while a total of less than 10 schools running in languages like Telgu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam and Sindhi.