The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a series of changes for schools, colleges and government employees. The first, the Uddhav Thackeray government will bring a bill in the upcoming session of the state legislature to make teaching Marathi mandatory in all schools up to Class 10 irrespective of the board they are affiliated to. Second, singing the national anthem will be made compulsory in all colleges of Maharashtra from February 19. The state government will issue a notification asking colleges to begin their work with the national anthem from February 19, the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. And finally, the Maharashtra government has announced five-day work week for its employees beginning February 29 and extended the current work hours by 45 minutes. The government is of the view that the new structure would not only improve the quality of life of its employees but will also cut down expenses on fuel and electricity. The decision is expected to benefit nearly 20 lakh officers and employees.