K Chandrashekar Rao, the chief minister of Telangana made a bill which will make Telugu Subject mandatory in all the schools across the state of Telangana. The government is going to pass a law to make Telugu a compulsory subject till 10th standard in all Telangana schools from this academic year. The decision was taken by Rao during a meeting with officials who had visited Tamil Nadu to study the feasibility of making Telugu a compulsory subject.
Telugu will be made a compulsory subject in both private and government schools from this academic year (2018-19) in Telangana and a legislation for the same will be passed in the ongoing assembly (budget) session, chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said. It will be mandatory to study Telugu till the 10th standard in the state, he added. According to KCR, move is being undertaken to “save the language and protect the culture”.
“It has become a necessity for everyone these days to study in English medium with the changing circumstances. Children’s future should not be disturbed, and at the same time, Telugu also should not be neglected. This is the reason why we are putting a condition that even children studying in English medium should study Telugu as a subject,” a press release from Rao’s office quoting him said.
The release stated that it was initially decided to make Telugu a compulsory subject till the Intermediate (11th and 12th standards) level. But since Intermediate is not the same in all the institutions and it is difficult to make it at this stage, it was decided not to do so. Rao also asked the Telugu Sahitya Academy and Telugu University to prepare a class-wise syllabus for Telugu to be taught in all schools.
G. Kishan, director of School Education, Telangana, said that 50% of the books required by schools have been printed already and that the rest will be ready by the end of March for distribution. He added that the word ‘Pandit’ referred to a qualified Telugu teacher which every private school must appoint.
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