Telugu is now a compulsory second language for the students of Classes 1 to 10 of ICSE, CBSE, IB, and other board-affiliated schools in Telangana. Telangana government’s School Education Department released this order.
The recent order is in accordance with the Telangana (Compulsory Teaching and Learning of Telugu in Schools) Act 2018. According to the Act, Telugu will now be a compulsory subject for the students of Classes 1 to 10. No board is exempted from implementing Telugu as a compulsory second language in its curriculum in Telangana.
The official circular read, “The violation of rules to implement Telugu as a compulsory subject from class 1-10 from the academic year 2022-23 onwards for all management and different Board-affiliated schools (CBSE, ICSE, IB, and other Boards) in Telangana state will be viewed seriously, and necessary actions will be taken as per the Act and guidelines given by the Telangana State Govt.”
Telangana government will ensure the implementation is done by all the schools, and in case of non-compliance, getting NOC will be a concern for such schools.
There are two Telugu textbooks introduced by the Telangana Board. One is dedicated to the already Telugu-speaking students, and the other is specially curated for the students at the basic level of Telugu learning.