Kerala Government makes Malayalam compulsory subject in schools

"Malayalam language should grow to such an extent that scientific books related to science and technology are written and read in Malayalam", said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Cabinet meeting on April 6 this month.

The Kerala government's ordinance that makes teaching Malayalam compulsory till Class 10 in all schools in the state has got the Governor's consent.

Currently, students are being provided the option between English and Malayalam and some other schools also provide French as another option.

The law also states that from now own if students will not be penalized if found speaking in Malayalam inside the school premises.

Thiruvananthapuram, April11:The usage of the official language Malayalam has been made compulsory in all government offices from May 1.

However, Malayalam will not be made compulsory to pass Class X for students from other states and outside the country, Vijayan said. "The respective schools must do whatever is in its capacity to help these students learn Malayalam, if they so chose to", the CM said. "This is to help them improve their language".

The previous Congress-led government had also tried to make Malayalam compulsory for schools including CBSE. The latest of them happened in Idukki on February, where a teacher pinned a poster which read "I'm very disobedient".

The NoC of schools, where Malayalam is not taught, would be cancelled and a fine of Rs 5,000 would be imposed on the principals of those schools which fail to follow the new instructions, the chief minister added.

  • Jon Douglas