Pune: The Maharashtra deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader on Saturday said that the government was thinking of making Marathi compulsory in all schools till class 10.
Responding to a felicitation programme, organised by his workers at Baramati, the deputy chief minister expressed his displeasure over that many students now a day can’t read and write Marathi.
The number of children studying in English-medium schools is increasing and they speak very good English. But they are not able to read and write Marathi properly, he pointed out.
Pawar said that his government would take up the issue soon and make Marathi a compulsory subject in schools, be it Urdu-medium, Hindi-medium or English-medium, from class 1 to Class 10. “We all live in Maharashtra and every child should read and write Marathi properly,” he said. Some students may feel that their marks in class 10 and 12 will suffer if they are forced to study an additional subject, he said. “But I would like to tell them, do not think of only percentage. Our mother-tongue should be conserved,” Pawar said.
The senior NCP leader said that the state is in a difficult financial situation and the country is witnessing a decline in the growth rate. “Gold prices are going up, fuel prices are going up because of the Iran-US stand-off and rupee is depreciating. At the same time we have to help farmers and make them eligible for a new crop loan for the Kharif season,” he said.