On Thursday, a delegation of NSC activists approached Education Minister Vinod Tawde and put forward the demand of making Marathi a compulsory subject. Amol Matele said that Marathi has suffered a lot despite being the state language.
NSC Maharashtra demands compulsion of Marathi as a subject
A delegation of NSC activists approached Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Thursday and put forward the demand of making Marathi a compulsory subject in Junior college. Amol Matele, Mumbai president of NSC said, ”In Maharashtra, all state board schools have Marathi compulsory right from Class 1 to Class 10. We have demanded that this should be extended upto Junior college (up to Class 12)”.
As per an Indian Express report, according to Matele, Marathi has suffered a lot despite being the state language.
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“States like Tamil Nadu put a lot of effort to preserve their language. However, in Maharashtra, Marathi schools are gradually closing down,” Matele said.
He added, “In Junior college Marathi is offered as an optional subject against many other subjects, hence students give up Marathi for other subjects. We have now demanded that like English, Marathi be made compulsory in Junior colleges across the state.”
Tawde said, “The students’ activists met me and have put forth their demand. We will look into the matter, discuss it with the state board, experts before taking any call on the issue. Meanwhile, I want to clarify that it is not true that we are not taking any efforts preserve Marathi language.”
He also heads the department of Marathi language. While Marathi is a compulsory subject in all state board schools up to class 10, the education minister in March last year announced that Marathi will be made compulsory up to class 7 in non-state board schools. Many academicians criticised the move and termed it unfair.