Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials concerned to initiate measures for introducing Telugu as one of the compulsory subjects to be taught in all the private and government schools in the State with effect from 2018-19 Academic Year.
The Chief Minister said that to implement this policy, an Act would be passed in the current Legislature sessions.
KCR had a meeting with the team of officials at Pragati Bhavan here on Tuesday, who visited Tamil Nadu to study the implementation of the mother tongue Tamil in the educational institutions there. After eliciting their views, the CM discussed about the guidelines to be framed to teach Telugu as a subject in the schools in the State.
“We have decided that Telugu will be taught as one of the compulsory subjects in the private and government schools to save the language and protect the culture. It has become a necessity for everyone these days to study in the 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 the English medium should study Telugu as a subject. Initially it was thought that Telugu should be made a compulsory subject till the Intermediate level. But Intermediate course is not the same in all the institutions and it is difficult to introduce Telugu as a compulsory language at this stage. After studying the mother tongue policy that is in implementation in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, we have decided to implement Telugu as a compulsory subject till tenth standard only for the present,” the CM said.
The Chief Minister has asked the Telugu Sahitya Academy and Telugu University to prepare class wise syllabus for Telugu to be taught. “The students should be taught through the mother tongue about the useful things in life besides protecting the Telugu language. The course material should have content that inculcates patriotism and ethical values among the children. The government will take positive measures for the bright future of children who study Telugu as a subject” said CM. The CM has instructed the officials from education department to ensure that at least one Telugu Pandit is appointed in all the private schools.
Deputy CM Kadiam Srihari, Ministers KT Rama Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao, Padma Rao, Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Special Chief Secretary Ranjeev R Acharya, Secretary (Cultural Affairs) Burra Venkatesham, School Education Director G Kishan, Telangana Sahitya Academy Chairman Nandini Siddha Reddy, Secretary Enugu Narasimha Reddy, Telugu University Vice Chancellor S V Satyanarayana, SCERT Officer Suvarna Vinayak and others participated.