Telugu will be taught compulsorily in Telangana from Class 1 to Class 12 of schools following the state board syllabus from the 2017-18 academic year. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this on Tuesday after reviewing preparations for the World Telugu Conference. A resolution to this effect will be passed in the next Cabinet meeting. Currently Telugu must be taught till Class 10.
The CM said that all educational institutions in the State, both private and government, must teach Telugu as a compulsory subject from Class 1 to 12. He made it clear that only educational institutions teaching Telugu as a compulsory subject would be given recognition and permission to function.
For those opting for Urdu as a second language, Telugu should be offered as an optional course, he said. Rao asked the Sahitya Academy to prepare the syllabus for Telugu subject to be taught in primary, secondary and higher and intermediate classes. The syllabus should be prepared and textbooks should be printed at the earliest, he said. The syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy must be taught in all the educational institutions, with no leeway for schools to set their own syllabus for the subject.