CHENNAI: The plan to implement Tamil Learning Act, by which studying Tamil as one of the subjects will be compulsory, till tenth standard for the academic year 2015-16 by the State government has sparked opposition from the Association of Matriculation Higher secondary Schools and their management in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, who have approached the High court to quash the same.
Justice B Rajendran after hearing the plea by the association represented by its general secretary S K Venkatassala Pandian has issued notice to the school education secretary, director of matriculations schools and director of government examinations.
The petitioner said currently matriculation schools were permitted to teach the student any language of their choice. “Now with the letter dated February 10, 2014 indicating that the act is going to be implemented from 2015-16, students would have no choice but to switch over to Tamil without having a choice,” the association stated.
Stating that the Madras High Court has earlier ruled that the right to choose medium of instruction lies only with the parents on behalf of the child, the petitioner said the decision by the State tried to overrule the decision of the bench.
The petitioner also submitted that if action was not taken, then most students learning languages other than Tamil would have to discontinue their course.