Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on 6th October announced that students at all government schools in the state would be taught English from Class 1 from the next academic session. Besides this, Math and Hindi, too, would be taught as mandatory subjects to children.
"The state government has decided that subjects like English, Math and Hindi would be mandatory in all government schools from Class 1. We are also considering the option to start Punjabi and Urdu classes from middle schools onwards, provided a batch of more than 30 to 40 children were interested to take up the subject. Then, teachers would be made available accordingly," said Singh.
He also added that the practice of not conducting exams for students from Class 1 to Class 8 and assessing them by grades is not good.
While referring to the issue of abandoned domestic animals, the chief Minister said it was against our tradition to abandon domestic animals when they grow old or fall sick, particularly cows.
"Instead of abandoning, people should take proper care of their livestock and feed them properly. Local community should come forward and spread awareness among the people. Today, we see cattle wandering on roads. This not only pose risk for them but also for kids, who might be attacked," he said, adding it was ungrateful and against the rich culture of the Pradesh where cows are worshipped and considered sacred.
"The state government is committed to open 'Gau Sadans' for such stray animals and was also providing assistance to those, who have opened such shelters for the livestock," he concluded.