Will amend law to ensure Marathi is compulsorily taught in CBSE, ICSE schools: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

Marathi is currently compulsory up to 8th standard in CBSE and ICSE schools. However, some schools don’t follow the rule

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Amid the ongoing Maharashtra Legislature monsoon session, the state government announced that learning Marathi will be made compulsory irrespective of the education board. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the same in the state legislative council.

CM Fadnavis also said that the Maharashtra government will ensure that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) schools follow the directions to teach the language as a compulsory subject.

The schools, especially those affiliated with CBSE and ICSE board, don’t follow the state directive and provisions of the law to teach Marathi. We will bring an amendment in the current law to make it stringent,” said the Chief Minister.

CM Fadnavis was replying to the query raised by Shiv Sena MLA Neelam Gorhe regarding making Marathi compulsory in schools. Marathi is currently compulsory up to 8th standard in CBSE and ICSE schools. However, some schools don’t follow the rule. 

Gorhe informed that several writers will protest at Azad Maidan on June 24 demanding to make Marathi compulsory in a school affiliated to non-state education board and a delegation will meet CM Fadnavis regarding the same. 

Earlier in 2018, during the Maharashtra Assembly winter session, Shiv Sena had threatened to agitate over the same demand.  To which, in a written reply, the then state Education Minister Vinod Tawde had said that the proposal to make Marathi compulsory till 10th the standard was under consideration. 

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