Malayalam language proficiency must for LP, UP teachers

By Aneesh Jacob

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has made Malayalam as a subject till Class 10 as a prerequisite for teachers’ appointment in Lower and Upper Primary (LP, UP) schools. The interim relaxation given for the mandate has been revoked and those who got appointed in the period will appear for a special Malayalam proficiency test. While those who have not learnt Malayalam as a subject, but studied under Malayalam medium (mode of academics and instruction) too can be appointed in LP and UP schools as per the new regime.

At first, the candidates had to either: learn Malayalam as part 1 or part 2 in SSLC, or, should have undergone schooling in Malayalam medium.
Later this mandate was diluted. Those who do not comply with the two aforementioned conditions can be appointed if they have learnt Malayalam as a subject in UG, PG or TTC.

Aikya Malayala Prasthanam (an organisation involved in the promotion of Malayalam) filed a plea against the diluted mandate. Similarly, the Official Language Committee cited that a diluted mandate may affect the quality of learning and recommended rollback. The new development comes in this context.

Meanwhile, the state government had directed the General Education Department to formulate the conditions regarding the special Malayalam proficiency test.

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