Now Bengali made compulsory till class X in West Bengal schools

Henceforth, there will be no choice for third language for students who do not have Bengali as their first or second language. He said that from now on it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in all schools.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday described it as the State government's "three-language formula". The announcement was made by Education Minister Partha Chatterjee late on Monday evening at a hurriedly called press conference. "We believe in the freedom of choice and the three language formula", Banerjee said.

Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that teaching three languages in all state schools right from Class 1 will enable students to reach regional, national and worldwide standards. "The students have to choose three languages from a pool of Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Santhali and English, out of which one has to be Bengali irrespective of the mother tongue of the student".

After Kerala, the West Bengal govt has taken the decision to make Bengali compulsory in schools from class 1 to 10.

So far students studied two languages from Class I to VI- which was usually their mother tongue and English.

She said this method would enable them to reach regional, national and global standards. "By playing on the Bengali sentiment, the TMC wants to counter the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party which is widely perceived as a north India party", Biswanath Chakraborty, Professor of Political Science at Rabindra Bharati University, said. The non-Bengali medium schools have to make arrangements to impart education in Bengali.

  • Leroy Wright