Varsha Gaikwad, the Maharashtra School Education Minister of Maharashtra, recently announced that the class 1 students of Marathi medium schools are now to be taught from bilingual books. While speaking about the decision, the Minister remarked that students learn best when taught in their mother tongue, but it is also important to ensure that they also learn English words.
The integrated and bilingual textbooks will be introduced as a part of the curriculum for students studying in Class I in Marathi medium schools from the next academic year. This decision was announced while Gaikwad was addressing queries raised by some MLAs in the Assembly that was being held on Monday.
Gaikwad mentioned, “Students understand better what is taught to them in their mother tongue. But they should also understand English words (for Marathi words). We are also committed to reducing the burden of their books. So, we will introduce integrated plus bilingual books from class 1 in the state.”
Source: The Indian Express