To make the learning of Gujarati language more attractive to high school students, the education department has introduced exercises for teachers in the newly-published textbooks to be used during the current academic session that begins this month. The exercises for teachers include showing them DVDs of the teleserial Bharat Ek Khoj’ based on Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery of India, discussing Father Carlos Valles, a Spanish Jesuit who worked for the preservation of Gujarati language, and the elaboration of the culture, ethnicity and cuisine of Gujarat in order to create a pride for it among students. These exercises are the end of each chapter in the newly-framed Class IX curriculum for Gujarati language, both as first language and second language subject. Similar attempt has been made in the revised Class XI curriculum, both to be implemented this month. The move comes after the declining popularity of the Gujarati language evident in the results of the Class X board exams. Over 2.29 lakh students (27.56 per cent) failed in Gujarati language alone in 2015-16, leading to a huge number of detentions.
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