Telugu compulsory in schools
A recent order from the director of government examinations had said that Special English as a second language option in state board schools will be scrapped and Telugu will be made compulsory following the three language formula that was to be implemented through GO 86 of 2003.
In the fresh orders, that were taken from the original GO, the director of government examinations said, he will not be conducting the examination for Special English in SSC public examinations of March, 2008.
The choice has now been narrowed down to: If the first language option is Telugu, the second language has to be Hindi and vice versa.
However, at the time of formulating the GO, a clause no. 7 was included, which stated that those whose mother tongue is not Telugu or who have been transferred here from other states, can be exempted from taking Telugu as second language. But this option is no longer available as part of implementing the three-language formula from this year, the only other language they can learn as second language is Hindi, which is already their first language.
And now, according to director, school education, S Balasubramanyam, this year, not only will there be no Special English, students will also not be given the exemption from learning Telugu.
“The exemption has to be sought afresh every year and this year such an application will not be accepted. No exemptions will be given and all those writing class X will have to learn and write their Telugu examination,” Balasubramanyam said.
According to the director, the GO has been implemented in a phased manner since 2003. Students in class X now were informed that by 2008, Telugu will be made compulsory for all. “They should have started learning Telugu from then. As of now, there is no backing down on making Telugu compulsory,” he said.