A five-day working week has been announced by the Maharashtra government on Wednesday for the government employees in the state, a decision which was taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister Uddhav Thackrey.
In light of this decision, a Maharashtra legislator has demanded that five-day working week for teachers and other staff members of schools, junior colleges, and senior colleges be introduced. Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council Kapil Patil from teachers constituency has written to the Maharashtra Education Minister Varsh Gaikwad demanding a five-day working week for the schools, junior and senior colleges.
According to reports, the new system will be applicable from February 29, 2020, onwards.
Patil in his letter further stated that bringing the five-day working week system into the schools and colleges in the state will help in reducing the burden from the teachers and professors who will be able to prepare in a better way for their teaching assignments.
Marathi to be made a mandatory subject in schools in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra State Government in a cabinet meeting conducted has also announced a proposal for making the Marathi language a compulsory subject for students until class 10 irrespective of the boards they are affiliated to.
Minister for Marathi Language, Subhash Desai while addressing the media said that there are close to 25,000 schools in Maharashtra which do not teach Marathi. Once the bill is passed in the state assembly the language will be made a compulsory subject in schools until class 10.
At present Marathi is a compulsory subject for students until class 4 in the CBSE and ICSE board schools while it is optional for further classes. With the bill being passed, the subject will become mandatory for the CBSE and ICSE school students in the state until class 10.