The education minister of Maharashtra Vinod Tawde has mentioned in the state assembly recently that a resolution will be soon passed in the assembly to include the heroics of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the history books of boards like ICSE, IGCSE, CBSE and IB. He also said that the Marathi language will be made compulsory till class VII in these boards in the state.
Talking about the distressful status of the hero like Shivaji Maharaj, giving only four lines in a chapter in history of Maharashtra in the history books and no mention of Shahu Raje at all, the education minister said there is an immediate requirement of resolution to change the same. He demanded that more space should be given to these iconic figures in the history books of various boards. He further said that the resolution will be sent from the state to the central government soon in this session.
He also pointed out in the assembly that Marathi language should be made compulsory in the schools of Maharashtra upto class VII and said, “Students from Maharashtra study in the schools of these boards here. The schools of these boards have to take a no objection certificate from the government once every three years. They will be told to make Marathi compulsory for students up to the seventh standard and to include the history of Maharashtra.”
In the question hour of the assembly, the matters of nursery education and irregular fees charges by the schools have been raised to which Tawde said that under Right to Education Act, he is not entitled to speak regarding the matter of nursery schools. He further said, “There was a committee formed by the previous minister, Fauzia Khan, and it has submitted a detailed report after studying the issue in other countries as well. The report is under study and the state’s consideration.” He also pointed to the fact that the government is planning to initiate online admission process for nursery schools as well, in order to make the whole process more transparent.