Former Dy. Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar, for a change, took up a pressing issue of teachers and academicians in the ongoing monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature. Lets’ first take a look at what the issue is.
BALBHARATI REVISES MARATHI NUMBER NAMES
The new instructions of Balbharati direct teachers to break down the pronunciation of numbers between 21 and 99 in Marathi as ‘it will make it easier for students to understand the numerology’. For instance, twenty-seven will now be read the way it is written. Instead of ‘sattavees’, 27 will be read and written as “vees saat – sattavees’’. “The instructions in the new Marathi Maths textbook read “the technique of pronouncing and writing numbers between 21to 99 should be similar as it makes it easier for the students to understand and learn the numerology faster.”
CHANGES UNWELCOMED BY TEACHERS
Teachers are up in arms against the changes. With there being no clarity if the rule will apply to numbers higher than 99, teachers have raised concerns about the rule’s implementation for higher classes. Teachers fear that the changes are bound to cause issues in the coming year. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Principals’ Association has demanded that the instructions be immediately withdrawn. As it has no greater benefit to the students.
AJIT PAWAR CITES NAMES OF LEADERS TO SLAM FADNAVIS GOVERNMENT FOR THE CHANGE
NCP leader Ajit Pawar slammed the state for introducing the new system and asked it to take corrective steps. Explaining how the “simplification” of Marathi numbers names mean; he shared his view in the house. Ajit Pawar cited names of political colleagues including the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to mock the state. He said that Marathi and Marathi school are under threat.
CM RETORTS TO AJIT PAWAR IN “FADNAVIS” STYLE
Replying to the allegations of Ajit Pawar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the changes will help those students who find it difficult to remember the Marathi numbers names due to which they lose marks. He said that it was unlike what Ajit Pawar was saying. The Chief Minister then took pages from Balabharati text books to mock at names that match first names of NCP stalwarts Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and even Chagan. He said that experts have made the changes based on learning abilities of the children. The CM assured he would look into the issue even then as it’s about the future of children and take corrective steps if needed.
Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.