West Bengal Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, on Monday, announced that all the students from class 1 till 10 will have to learn three languages Hindi, English and Bengali irrespective of their mother tounge.
This rule has been implemented in all schools of the West Bengal irrespective of the board.
Words from Education Minister
"From now on, it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in schools. English medium schools will have to make Bengali an optional subject from Class I so that the students can study it either as a second or third language," Chatterjee said.
Reason for the move
This move was taken by the government led by Mamata Banerjee after center announced the plan to make Hindi a compulsory subject in all CBSE and ICSE board schools.
"India is a large nation and our strength is unity in diversity," the minister said. "We have received complaints that Bengali is not provided as an option in several schools," he added.
While commenting on this, Chatterjee further said, "If a student selects either Bengali or Hindi or English or Gurumukhi or Urdu or Nepali as his first language, he will have to select two other languages, one of which has to be Bengali.
With Bengali selected as one of the languages, the student will have the freedom to choose any other languages as the remaining two languages."
The minister further said that they now will consult the legal team in order to find if they need a special law or special approval from the state cabinet will do the trick.