State School Education and Sports Department States Marathi as Compulsory in all Schools

The State Government of Maharashtra announced the formation of an 8-member committee to execute the policy of mandatory Marathi education in all the schools across the state. The state school education and sports department announced the formation of the committee. The department drafted the rules related to the implementation of ‘The Maharashtra Compulsory Teaching and Learning of Marathi Language in Schools Act, 2020’.

According to the Act, it states mandatory teaching and learning of Marathi across all the private and government schools. This rule will be compulsory to all the students of classes 1 to 10 across all mediums and boards across Maharashtra. Section 16 (1) of the Act permits the state to formulate rules for the law that emerged on 1st April. The Department has set up an 8-member committee and it will be headed by Dinkar Patil, the Director of State Council of Educational Research and Training [SCERT].

As per the latest notification, the remaining members of the committee comprised Deputy Secretary [School Education] Rajendra Pawar, Maharashtra State Board Secretary Ashok Bhosale, Balbharti special officer Rajiv Patole, SCERT deputy head Varsharani Bhopale, SCERT coordinating officer Vikas Garad, Additional Secretary (Marathi language) Nanda Raut and  Marathi language department deputy head Jagram Bhatkar.

The Government has been planning to implement this rule in phases. In June, the department has disclosed the implementation of Marathi as a mandatory subject across all schools. The rule will be implemented in different phases comprising 2 classes each year. Starting from the next academic year i.e., for 2020-21, the students of classes 1 and 6 will be directed mandatory to study Marathi.

In the subsequent academic year i.e., for 2021-22, this rule will be implemented for 2nd and 7th class students. It will be followed by class III and class VIII in 2022-23, class IV, and Class IX in the academic year 2023-24. Lastly, this rule will be implemented for class V and class X in the academic year 2024-25. For the candidates who are pursuing in mediums other than Marathi, the learning and difficulty levels of the subject alongside the Union Government’s three language rule will also be implemented.

From classes I to V, a special focus will be given to speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills of the candidates in Marathi. From VI to X classes, the schools will focus on self-expression and comprehension. To get the latest educational updates, just stay tuned to this website.

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