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West Bengal: CBSE, ICSE students will have to learn Bengali upto Class X

Decision follows a feedback, revealing Bengali was not being offered as an option in many schools

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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will make it mandatory for students to learn in schools, including those affiliated to and CBSE, state minister has said.

"From now on, it will be mandatory for students to learn in The affiliated to other boards (ICSE/CBSE) will have to make as an optional subject from class 1, giving students the option to choose it either as second or third language", Partha Chatterjee told a press meet in Kolkata on Monday.

Chatterjee said, "If a student selects either Hindi or English or Gurumukhi or Urdu or Ol Chiki or Nepali as his first language, he needs to pick up two other languages and one of these two languages should be Bengali.".

"With Bengali selected as one of the two languages, the student will have the liberty to choose from any other listed languages as the remaining two", he said.

The minister said the decision was prompted following a feedback that Bengali was not being offered as an option in many

"We will take into account the legal aspect as to whether a separate legislation is needed or a state cabinet decision will be enough," he added.

Welcoming the move, noted historian and writer Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri said, "Why will our children not know Bengali? It is a fact that students in many schools do not have Bengali in their curriculum. The state's initiative is laudable.

First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 13:55 IST