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English will now be a ‘Foreign Language’ in Standard 11, 12 in Maharashtra

English language will no longer be a compulsory subject and will be considered as a ‘foreign language’ at the Junior College (JC) level (Classes 11 and 12) in Maharashtra.

This change is among the recommendations outlined in the draft State Curriculum Framework (SCF) for School Education (SE) from Class 3 to Class 12, published by the Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), according to a report in the Indian Express.

Subject options for Classes 11, 12

According to the proposed subject structure for standard 11 and 12, students will have the option to choose eight subjects, including two languages, environmental and physical education, and four subjects of their preference. The SCF aims to phase out the stream-specific (Arts, Commerce, Science) curriculum gradually.

One of the language choices must originate from India, as indicated by the SCF’s language chart, which features 17 indigenous Indian languages and nine foreign languages, with English being the primary one, the report said.

The proposed State Curriculum Framework for School Education (SCF-SE) is unclear regarding the English language policy from classes 3 to 10, where English was previously compulsory. According to the suggested subject arrangements, classes 3 to 5 will transition from a three-language setup to a two-language setup. The primary language can either be the mother tongue or the state language (Marathi), while the secondary language can be any other language.

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