New ordinance makes Malayalam compulsory in schools
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Governor has approved the ordinance that makes Malayalam mandatory in schools. The law will be applicable to CBSE schools also.
The law states that schools should not ban students from speaking Malayalam either conspicuously or inconspicuously.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made the announcement in a news conference.
The law directs the school authorities not to erect boards asking students to speak any other language other than Malayalam.
Schools will have to compulsorily teach Malayalam to get NOC from the government. If schools do not teach Malayalam as of now and are not ready to teach Malayalam after implementation of the law, then their NOC will be cancelled.
The law stipulates a fine of Rs 5000 from the headmasters of schools which do not follow the new law.
The Chief Minister clarified that students who come to Kerala for studies from other states and foreign countries will not be asked to learn Malayalam to pass 10th standard.
The government will provide facilities for students on border areas of the state, who are studying Kannada and Tamil as their native language, to learn Malayalam.