Malayalam alphabets brought back to textbooks, but no direction to teach 

P K Manikandan

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Thiruvananthapuram: Although Malayalam alphabets found its way back to the lower primary (LP) textbooks, no direction has been given to teach the letters in schools. According to the circular issued by the general education director, students need to be provided with only training in writing, reading and mathematics at the primary level.

The alphabets were prepared by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) based on the instructions given by the official language guidelines committee.

As the 2007 Kerala curriculum framework adopted a conceptual approach, alphabets were not included in the textbooks. However, the state government decided in favour of including alphabets in the curriculum last year, following repeated demands from various corners.

The study method is based on the view that the child will memorise Malayalam letters and symbols by January of this academic year. After January, teachers can continue to teach alphabets upon their discretion as the government has not given any special instructions in this regard.

In the first week, kids will be taught through illustrations and later guided through books. The first chapter will begin with a word and end in songs. Teachers have also been directed to prepare the illustration book for each student.

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