Maharashtra government has decided to make Marathi a compulsory language till fourth standard in non-Marathi schools from next academic year.
"Students would be taught Marathi as the second language for two hours per week," a government resolution said.
The government has also decided to address issue of tiny tots being over burdened with the weight of text books.
Students of first and second standards would not have to carry text books to class rooms. The number of text books for third and fourth standards would also be reduced.