Marathi must for all boards up to Class 7

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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