Should teaching regional language be compulsory in schools?
Kerala Governor Palanisamy Sathasivam on Tuesday signed an ordinance that makes it mandatory in all schools across the state including CBSE, ICSE, self-financing, aided, unaided and government schools to teach Malayalam. Any school or teacher who disobeys the provision will have to face the legal consequences. The cabinet took the decision after it was brought to the notice that Malayalam was not being taught in some schools.
In this time and age where we are competing with the world, the question arises that should regional languages be given priority? In September 2012, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had struck down the rule framed by the government that made it compulsory to teach Malayalam in CBSE schools. In April 2013, Indo- American International School at Vagamon in Kottayam challenged the insistence of the government to teach Malayalam, even after the High Court's direction in favour of the schools.
The decision of the ruling Left Democratic Front government to frame a law to make Malayalam compulsory is apparently to do away with the legal hurdles which were pointed out by some CBSE schools whenever the government insisted for the same.
This news has been taken from DNA India. Read the original article here.