Around 427 self-financed schools in Surat, which did not comply with the state government’s order of observing Navratri vacations from October 10 to October 17, have now decided to observe 21 days Diwali vacations.
The state government had declared Navratri holidays from October 10 to October 17 in all schools across the state. To accommodate these, the government had reduced the 21 days Diwali break to 13 days. The schools have now been directed to observe holidays from November 5 to November 17.
Members of Self Finance Schools Management Association, on Monday, decided to observe a 21-day break from November 5 to November 25.
The association on Tuesday submitted a memorandum in this regard to Surat District Collector Dhaval Patel.
In the memorandum, members of the association have said that the academic calendar is made at the beginning of the year. Thus making changes to the schedules in the middle of the year would pose difficulties.
The association president Mahesh Patel said, “When the government announced Navratri holidays from October 10 to 17, we opposed it. The schools were functional during Navratri. Now, we have decided to keep schools closed for 21 days for Diwali vacations starting from November 5.”