Adoor bats for revoking education dept’s order devaluing prominence of Malayalam

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Renowned film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan delivering his speech

Thiruvananthapuram: Renowned film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on Monday voiced against the education department’s order which ended the stipulation that it is mandatory for teachers in lower and upper primary level should have studied in Malayalam medium until class 10 or should have learnt Malayalam as a subject.

According to Gopalakrishnan, the new order is dangerous for Kerala and Malayalam language. The filmmaker elaborated about his concerns while inaugurating the 'mother-tongue protest', the one-week state level protest organised by Aikya Malayala Prasthanam. The inaugural function happened in front of the secretariat. The protest is held from November 1 to November 6. The event was presided by Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad vice president B Ramesh.

“Officials are taking proud over Malayalam but simultaneously coming up with moves that put the language in danger. Kerala government has envisioned policies to promote the language. Malayalam Language Teaching Act is one such move. Despite this, officials initiating moves contradicting government’s stance is perplexing,” Gopalakrishnan said.

He pinpointed that appointing teachers who have not studied Malayalam is a problem that will affect generations to come. The order should be revoked by considering the future of kids, he added.

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