Maharashtra has decided to grade Marathi as a subject for Classes 8, 9 and 10 in non-state board schools instead of marking it. The new system will be in place for three years, after which a reassessment will take place. The decision comes after complaints from parents that Marathi scores were affecting their children's overall marks. The state assembly had earlier passed a bill mandating the compulsory teaching and learning of Marathi in schools, and schools could now be fined for not teaching the subject. Critics have raised concerns over the grading system's effectiveness and the government's failure to consult education boards.