The Maharashtra state board on Friday clarified that it is not mandatory for students to use cursive writing in English. Some principals had recently urged the board and education department to speak to schools that force students to write only in cursive, causing them anxiety .

In a letter by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Education, officials clarified that they have no instructions on the use of cursive writing in schools. “ At the secondary and higher secondary levels, there is no instruction or compulsion through either curriculum or syllabus to use cursive writing in English,“ said board secretary Krishnakumar Patil.

The board's clarification came following a request from the Mumbai Association of Heads of Secondary Schools. The principals said many schools were creating anxiety among students, forcing them to write in cursive. “ As per the state board syllabus, students are to learn to write in small and capital letters but many schools introduce cursive writing from lower classes.This is very difficult for students and causes a lot of stress in school and at home,“ said association spokesperson Prashant Redij.

Early childhood experts raised concerns over the stress on cursive writing by some schools.“While many principals use cursive for speed, telling students to join letters at a very young age is very stressful for them,“ said Early Childhood Association president Swati Popat Vats.