Malayalam Not Compulsory for CBSE Schools

Published on: 29 Apr, 2013
Published under: Education News Kerala, General Kerala News

28 April 2013

State government is still insisting CBSE schools to teach Malayalam as a compulsory subject even though the norm was struck down by the Kerala high court, a CBSE school has alleged at the high court. Continued insistence to teach Malayalam was challenged by Indo-American International School based at Vagamon in Kottayam.

In the petition filed through senior counsel TPM Ibrahim Khan, the school’s manager George Samuel pointed out that state government is still insisting them to teach Malayalam as a compulsory subject for granting the No Objection Certificate (NOC) required for getting affiliation from CBSE.

The court held that the district educational officer of Kanjirappally should forward the application submitted by the petitioner, to the director of public instruction, who in turn should forward it to the government so that an appropriate decision is taken. On September 14 last year, a division bench of the high court had struck down the rule framed by the government that made Malayalam a compulsory subject in CBSE schools.

The court had also held that the interference by the state government in the curriculum of CBSE and ICSE schools is without any basis and is outside the jurisdiction of the state government.


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