Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (PTI): The Kerala government today promulgated an ordinance making Malayalam a compulsory subject in all schools in the state up to Class X.
The ordinance will come into effect from the coming academic year, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.
It will be applicable up to Class X in all government, aided, un-aided and self-financing institutions, including those affiliated to the CBSE and ICSE boards, he said.
"The law (ordinance) clearly states that schools should not impose any direct or indirect ban against speaking Malayalam. It also states that no boards should be erected on the campus directing students to use any language other than Malayalam," Vijayan said.
However, Malayalam will not be made compulsory to pass Class X for students from other states and outside the country, Vijayan said. The ordinance was issued after governor P. Sathasivam gave his approval.
Vijayan said teaching Malayalam would be made compulsory for awarding schools no-objection certificates and NoCs of schools where Malayalam is not taught would be cancelled, adding the principals of institutions that fail to follow the instructions would be fined Rs 5,000.