MADURAI: Officials from the School Education Department should ensure that the Tamil language is taught in all the schools in the state under Part 1. Official sources from the department said that under the Tamil Learning Act, 2006, Tamil was made compulsory under Part I for all schools under the School Education Department from 2006-07 academic year. This was implemented step by step in all schools in the State where the students had to study only Tamil in Part I from Standard I to X, they said.
The director of School Education Department sent a circular to the Chief Education Officers (CEO) in all the districts stating that the CEOs and District Education Officers should ensure that Tamil is included in Part 1 in every school.
The CEOs should conduct a meeting with the headmasters of all the minority language schools and ask them to ensure that Tamil is taught under Part I and to check the timetables to see whether the books prescribed for teaching the language were being used by the schools, said the sources.
“In the minority language schools, officials should ensure that special classes are conducted by Tamil teachers for students whose mother tongue is not Tamil, to help them prepare better for the examinations. If a student is studying another language under Part I in the minority language schools, then the student will not be permitted to appear for the Class X board exams for the 2017-18 academic year. In such a case, the headmaster and the correspondent of the school will be held responsible,” the sources added.