Mumbai, Maharashtra: All schools affiliated to CBSE, ICSE, IB, IGCSE and CIE boards are hereby advised by the education department of Maharashtra to incorporate Marathi in their curriculum. This is to ensure that the students from the schools known Marathi, however, Marathi will not be a compulsory subject, clarified the education minister.
The state has also decided to declare Marathi as the official language of the state.
Marathi language is compulsory only in the SSC board. "Every person living in Maharashtra must know Marathi whether he comes here for work, to do business or study. Also, every student must know the language, whether in CBSE or ICSE," said Tawde.
He also clarified that Marathi will not be compulsory. "We do not want a politically-influenced decision in education. The government will take advice from educationalists on how to incorporate Marathi in the curriculum; whether it should be a 100-mark or 50-mark paper or taught without conducting an exam," he said.
Tawde also indicated that the pattern of the SSC board syllabus would be changed. "Insted of rote learning, SSC students should learn how to apply their mind. So, 50% of the syllabus should be activity oriented so that many students do not score beyond 90%," said Tawde.
According to TOI, he has set up an expert team to find out if SSC students are scoring high due to decline in quality of education or problem in the marking system.