CBSE, ICSE Schools May Teach Compulsory Marathi till Class X
Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde told the Legislative Council on Tuesday, 27th Feb 2018, that the government is mulling over a proposal to make Marathi a compulsory subject for CBSE and CISCE school students up to class X. Currently Marathi is a compulsory subject in these schools until class VIII.
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The announcement was made during a discussion on Marathi language on Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din. On the occasion, it was proposed by Legislative Council chairman, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, that the state government take appropriate steps to develop the language and make it "a language of knowledge".
Other members also asked that Marathi be accorded the status of a 'classical language' and that it be made compulsory till Class XII starting next academic session itself.
Minister Tawde said that a delegation headed by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis comprising prominent literary figures and party leaders would meet the Prime Minister to discuss according Marathi the status of a classical language.
This development comes on the heels of reports that the Telangana government is to pass an ordinance to make Telugu a mandatory subject for classes 1st to 12th across the states, regardless of board affiliation.