In an ultimatum to all private and government schools, the chief minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao said all public and private organisations in Telangana must have sign boards in the Telugu language, apart from any other language. Speaking at a meeting to discuss plans for the five-day World Telugu Conference that is likely to be held in Hyderabad from December 15 to 19, 2017, he said that an additional Rs 5 crore will be given to the Sahitya Academy, which is the nodal organisation for the conference.
He also said that the government will sanction another Rs 50 crore for the promotion of the language. Rs 2 crore will also go to the Official Language Committee. In order to safeguard the language, KCR said that starting next session all classes starting from Class 1 to 12 should teach Telugu. Students can also take up Urdu as an optional subject.
The Sahitya Akademi has been requested to prepare a syllabus for Telugu as a subject to be taught in primary, medium, higher and intermediate classes and to print the required text books. Rao, in a clear warning, said that no school will be allowed to function if it does not teach Telugu.
Some schools in the city were offering special English instead of teaching Telugu.