Marathi must for all boards up to Class 7
MUMBAI: Learning Marathi could soon become compulsory up to Class 7 in all education boards.
State education minister Vinod Tawde told the Assembly on Friday the government had decided to make Marathi compulsory in central and international board schools — this means all IGCSE, CBSE, ICSE and IB schools in the state will have to teach the language.
The government also proposed to make schools include chapters on Chhatrapati Shivaji and other personalities from the state. The government will include these two as conditions while giving new schools no-objection certificates, and renewing them for old schools. NOCs are issued by the government every three years
“While these schools are managed by central or international boards, students are from the state and Marathi families. Marathi will be made compulsory while issuing the NOC,” Tawde said.
“Students should also know the history of the state. Only 25% of the syllabi of these boards revolves around national figures; only four lines are about Shivaji Maharaj. We will ask schools to teach students about personalities like Shivaji, Shahu Maharaj (a descendant of Shivaji) in special periods, if their inclusion in the syllabus is not possible,” he said.
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