Gujarat school-level education has shown some interesting trends. In the last seven years, more than 3.27 lakh school-going students have moved from private institutions to government primary schools. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has condemned Gujarat’s education model and Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia visited Gujarat schools in the constituency of state Education Minister Jitu Bhagni and promised “a better education system like Delhi”, suggesting a major change from the state government – the government said. Funding of managed schools.
The Gujarat government further claimed that government-run schools have provided state-of-the-art educational facilities and other infrastructural facilities integrated with technology so that students drop out of private schools for public education.
The official notification further claimed that in the last seven years, more than 40,000 students have been transferred from private to government schools in Ahmedabad city. In addition, about 61,000 students were enrolled in more than 32,000 government primary schools across the state in the 2021-22 academic year.
An August 2021 IE report states that in the last seven years, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation School Board has been flooded with letters of recommendation from both the BJP and Congress legislators for admission in various classes of AMC-run schools for children in their constituencies. Ahmedabad records highest number of students transferred from private schools to government-run primary schools in Gujarat from 2014-15
The state government further said in its statement that state government schools were provided with pre-education kits, 3D learning charts, a science and math lab with a work model, a digital planetarium, a future classroom, a false ceiling, multiplay station. And there are outdoor rubber mats, indoor mats, whiteboards, sports kits and a library for the admitted students.
In addition, highly qualified teachers, increasing the infrastructural facilities as well as the facilities provided by the government are leaning towards the parents of the state government schools, said LD Desai, administrative officer of Ahmedabad Municipal School Board in a statement.
For the next session as well, before new admissions, teachers are visiting each area, meeting with parents and explaining the benefits of admission to government schools.
Sujoy Mehta, chairman of the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board, found that improved infrastructure, technology-based education, well-equipped playgrounds, high-tech education classes, hygiene, and qualified teachers made government schools more competitive than private schools.
Moreover, the waiting list in government schools this year is proof of the goodwill of government schools. Over the past few years, Ahmedabad municipal schools have seen a waiting list of over 200 despite the addition of second division in a number of schools.