Department of Education to implement Malayalam Teaching Act in all schools | Law enforcement action.

Department of Education to implement Malayalam Teaching Act in all schools | Law enforcement action.

The education department has taken steps to implement the law that Malayalam should be taught as a subject in all schools in the state.  This is against the backdrop of some disputes regarding the study of Malayalam.  Details will be released by the Department of Public Instruction shortly.

Department of Education with law enforcement action.

The education department is ready to implement the law that Malayalam should be taught as a subject in all schools in Kerala.  The decision was taken by the education department amid controversy over the study of Malayalam language.  Details will be published by the Department of Public Instruction shortly.

 The Malayalam Studies Act was passed by the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 2017.  The main point of the law was that Malayalam should be taught as a subject in classes one to ten.  Public schools operating in the state and schools in other syllabi will be covered by the Act.

However, the government has not taken any action to enforce the law unless it is passed.  The law stipulates that it is the responsibility of the Director of Public Instruction to ensure that Malayalam is taught. 

Department of Education to implement Malayalam Teaching Act in all schools.

A panel of Malayalam teachers selected from government and aided schools in an education district is required to inspect the schools.  The examination information should be submitted to the District Education Officer in the prescribed form attached to the rules of the law.

 This report should be submitted within three months from the beginning of the academic year.  But four years after the law came into force, there was no teacher panel anywhere in the state. 

Department of Education to implement Malayalam Teaching Act in all schools | Law enforcement action.
Department of Education to implement Malayalam Teaching Act in all schools | Law enforcement action.

The provision in the law that every school should give scholarships to five students who get high marks in Malayalam in class X was not implemented.  Kerala Sanskrit Teachers’ Federation district secretary KR Nair said that they were not against teaching Malayalam and opposed the abolition of Sanskrit teaching posts.  Jayadevan said.