In a move that’s definitely raised some eyebrows, the Tamil Nadu government has made Tamil compulsory for students of Class X. Not only will the subject be compulsory in class but it will also be compulsory during the crucial Class X board exams.
While linguistic minorities in the state have got a temporary exemption from the test, questions are being raised as to how equipped the state’s education system is to be able to impart Tamil education on such a massive scale.
For a state that once fought against the imposition of Hindi on its people, the question is being raised as to whether it is right to impose Tamil on Tamil Nadu’s immigrants.
In 2006-2008, a rule was brought in, in which there were three paths in which a student could study, that is English, Tamil or the child’s mother tongue. In 2013, school management approached the court saying that there are too many languages to be taught in the same school and not enough resources to finish the course. The court took cognizance of this matter and this is what is leading to the changes in the education system in Tamil Nadu.