[lg policy] Tamil Nadu: Ensure Tamil is taught in CBSE, ICSE schools in Tamil Nadu, DMK urges AIADMK govt

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon May 22 11:03:05 EDT 2017


 Ensure Tamil is taught in CBSE, ICSE schools in Tamil Nadu, DMK urges
AIADMK govt

DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday urged the state government to
ensure that Tamil is taught in CBSE and ICSE schools in Tamil Nadu even as
he maintained that BJP-led Centre was imposing Hindi.

PTI| Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 20:35
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Chennai: DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday urged the state
government to ensure that Tamil is taught in CBSE and ICSE schools in Tamil
Nadu even as he maintained that BJP-led Centre was imposing Hindi.

Reiterating the charge that the centre was imposing Hindi, he said, hence
it becomes "imperative," for the AIADMK regime to ensure compulsory
teaching of Tamil in schools.

"The lax attitude of the AIADMK regime in this issue makes one wonder if
they are acting in cahoots with the BJP government in the centre," he said.

He accused the government of "half-hearted implementation" of the Tamil
Learning Act which was enacted during his party's previous regime in 2006.

The Act made it compulsory for students from first to tenth standards to
learn Tamil as a subject in schools.

He dubbed an order issued in 2014 by the AIADMK government to compulsorily
teach Tamil in CBSE schools as "namesake," and alleged that it was
"inadequately implemented."

He also alleged that the AIADMK government was acting slow on issues like
appointment of teachers, and ensuring adequate infrastructure.

He said such sluggish attitude in turn was "enabling students whose mother
tongue is not Tamil to gain exemption from court of law," from sitting for
Tamil exam.

Stalin requested the government to move ahead to implement compulsory Tamil
language instruction in CBSE and ICSE schools from first to tenth standards
using the provisions of Tamil Learning Act, 2006.

The DMK leader, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Assembly, said the
government should hasten the appointment of Tamil teachers in government
schools and ensure that Tamil Learning Act was implemented in "full force"
as soon as possible.

The state government should take initiative in ensuring that the younger
generation was made aware of the rich cultural legacy of Tamil language, he
said.

In 1968, during the first DMK regime led by former chief minister C N
Annadurai three-language policy of Tamil, English and Hindi was dumped in
favour of a "two-language policy," of Tamil and English.

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