marathi-3Marathi will now be a compulsory language in all non-Marathi medium schools across the state. The state government is in the process of releasing a government resolution (GR), making the language a compulsory subject for students from class I to IV. The GR while will be applicable to class I to IV, it would be gradually extended to higher classes, but students will not have to appear for it in their board exams. From the next academic year, students from all language schools such as Urdu, Kannada, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, etc, will learn Marathi. While all English medium schools have Marathi as a compulsory language currently, regional languages schools may or may not opt for the subject. In November last year, the then chief minister of the state, Vilasrao Deshmukh, had stated that in Maharashtra, there cannot be an option to Marathi. He had also stated that Marathi will be made a compulsory subject in Maharashtra’s Urdu medium schools to ensure more jobs to minorities in government departments. Bureau report NMTV

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