Education minister Vinod Tawde was approached by few NSC activists who put forward their demand of making Marathi Language a compulsory subject in the Junior college.
Amole Matele Mumbai president of NCS said " In Maharashtra, all state board schools have Marathi compulsory right from Class 1 to Class 10. We have demanded that this should be extended upto Junior college (up to Class 12)." According to Matele, Marathi despite being a state language has suffered a lot.
Shutting down of Marathi schools
"States like Tamil Nadu put a lot of effort to preserve their language. However, in Maharashtra, Marathi schools are gradually closing down," Matele said.
He added, "In Junior college Marathi is offered as an optional subject against many other subjects, hence students give up Marathi for other subjects. We have now demanded that like English, Marathi be made compulsory in Junior colleges across the state."
Tawde said, "The students' activists met me and have put forth their demand. We will look into the matter, discuss it with the state board, experts before taking any call on the issue. Meanwhile, I want to clarify that it is not true that we are not taking any efforts preserve Marathi language."