Shiv Sena is on rage and the reason is ‘Marathi’ once again. This time, some schools not teaching Marathi to their students have come under their radar. Senior Shiv Sena leader and current Industries Minister of Maharashtra, Subhash Desai, sent a letter referring to Education Minister Vinod Tawde and asked his intervention in the issue.
Desai mentioned in his letter that around 33 schools across Mumbai are not following 2009 state government resolution. Clause number seven of the State government resolution 2009 clearly mentions that non state-board schools must include Marathi as second language in its curriculum. He alleged that these schools are not teaching Marathi.
The letter mentioned names of some elite institutions, such as Aditya Birla World Academy, American School of Bombay, Bombay International School, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Dr Pillai Global Academy, Edubridge International and Ecole Mondiale World School, as reported by Mumbai Mirror.
As Desai sent the letter, Shiv Sena geared up for raising another issue. The party issued diktat, saying that if the government does not take stern action, it would start an agitation and stop functioning these institutions. The party said, “French and other languages are taught but not Marathi. The Education Minister should take stringent action against the erring schools. In fact, the state education department should ensure that from coming academic year all schools implement the government resolution in totality. Or else Shiv Sena will be forced to start an agitation and stop functioning of erring educational institutes.”
Meanwhile, Bombay International School refused the claims and said the school offers Marathi language in its curriculum and it is being done for more than five decades. BIS sent the letter to Vinod Tawde and Subhash Desai, which mentioned, “Learning a language goes beyond merely text book and worksheet. Language is linked to culture. Therefore it is integrated into the curriculum of the school. Students at various grade levels in the BIS express themselves through Marathi elocution. In fact, the school even celebrates a week of Marathi language. The students are exposed to music, film, dance, foods and other aspects of Marathi culture.”
Commenting on the letter sent by BIS, Desai said he had mentioned the name of BIS in his letter on the basis of information received by his sources. He added, “If schools are teaching Marathi, we certainly welcome it. The party diktat is for erring educational institutions and not for those who do respect the regional culture and language.”
Education Minister Vinod Tawde and State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are yet to take an action.