Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took the initiative for making Telugu as a compulsory subject in all private and government schools in the state with effect from the academic year 2018-19. According to the Act that will be passed during the ongoing assembly session in this connection.
Recently the chief minister also met the team of officials which visited Tamil Nadu to study the implementation of Tamil in educational institutions there. After eliciting their views, he discussed with them the guidelines to be framed to teach Telugu as a compulsory subject.
“We have decided that Telugu will be taught as a compulsory subject in 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 should not be neglected. This is the reason we are putting a condition that even children studying in the English medium should study Telugu as a subject,” stated KCR at the meeting at Pragati Bhavan.
“After studying the mother tongue policy in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, we decided to implement Telugu as a compulsory subject only till 10th standard,” he further added.
The CM asked Telugu Sahitya Academy and Telugu University to prepare a class-wise syllabus for teaching Telugu. “The course material should have content that inculcates patriotism and ethical values among the children,” he said.