Class 1 students studying in Marathi Middle Schools will now receive integrated, bilingual textbooks. It will be introduced from the next school year, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Monday. She added that students would be able to understand the subjects better if it was in their mother tongue. The books will contain words in English and Marathi.
“Students understand better what they are taught in their mother tongue. But they must also understand English words (for Marathi words). We are also committed to reducing the load on their books. So we are going to introduce integrated and bilingual Class I books in the state,” Gaikwad said.
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Learning in the mother tongue is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which emphasizes regional languages apart from other languages such as English and Hindi. “Where possible, pupils up to grade 5 in schools should be taught in the mother tongue/regional language/local language,” the policy says.
The minister made the comments while responding to questions raised by some MPs in the Assembly for the Maharashtra state budget 2022. Gaikwad said the demands regarding the education budget were accepted by majority at the Assembly. “The requests for subsidies in the budget of the department of school education were discussed positively at the assembly today and they were accepted by a majority. During the discussion, members from both sides made a number of interesting suggestions. My department has taken note of all suggestions,” she said.
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The state government’s Department of School Education and Sports will also provide math content online to more than one million students to improve learning outcomes in the subject. Content will be available to students in grades 1 through 10 at public schools across the state. Online math learning content will be in Marathi. The online resources will be provided to 488 schools in the first phase and will be free.
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