13 July 2019 | Source: : Oswaal Books Editorial Board
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said that the state government would bring in legislation to make teaching Marathi mandatory in schools, including those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE.
Fadnavis informed the legislative council that there is already a provision for teaching Marathi in schools attached to non-state education boards, making it compulsory up to class 8 and optional in classes 9 and 10. However there have been some loopholes in the process.
“As per my information, Marathi language teaching is compulsory. But, it has come to my notice that some schools, especially CBSE and ICSE, are not following it. So, we will certainly amend the law that will have stricter provisions. Learning Marathi will remain compulsory for everyone in the state. For that, the schools of all the boards will have to teach it. We will make all necessary changes in the law,” said Fadnavis in the Legislative Council.
The issue has been brought to light after the query raised by Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe who mentioned that teaching the state language is compulsory in the southern states. “Similar rules should be made in the state to teach Marathi in all boards,” Gorhe said.