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Withdraw Tamil Learning Act: Urdu Teachers’ Assn

Published: 07th September 2014 06:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2014 06:26 AM   |  A+A-

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Urdu School Teachers Association has urged the Commissioner of Linguistic Minorities to suggest to the government to withdraw the Tamil Nadu Tamil Learning Act 2006 [Act] while restoring the first language status to the minority languages in schools.

In a memorandum, state joint general secretary of the association T Basheeruddin said that around 500 schools  with linguistic minority status in TN were teaching languages like Urdu, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Arabic and Sanskrit as first language. Despite international agencies like UNESCO underlining the need for imparting education through mother tongue, the state government went ahead to enact the act which Basheeruddin felt was against the Constitution.  He said that either TN should be asked to withdraw the Act or modify the contradictory GO according to the pattern suggested by the association.

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