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Malayalam to be first language for all streams

Staff Reporter

Lot of issues associated with its implementation: Abdu Rabb


Getting sufficient class hours an issue

Distribution of textbooks almost over


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When Malayalam is made the first language in schools in Kerala it would be done so simultaneously for all streams of study, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb said here on Monday.

He was speaking to mediapersons after an interaction with officials of the Education Department at the Government Guest House, Thycaud. Mr. Rabb did not categorically say that Malayalam would not be made the first language from the academic year beginning June 2011, he pointed out there were a lot of issues associated with this move.

One such problem was getting sufficient number of class hours for teaching Malayalam. One suggestion that had come up was to take away periods from Information Communication Technology (ICT). Since learning is ICT-centric in the State's schools it may not be possible to do this at once.

When the Right to Education Act (RTE Act) is implemented and the number of working days raised to six a week, more time can be found for teaching Malayalam, he said.

In reply to a question, Mr. Rabb said he was not aware of any comments, reportedly by a Congress legislator, regarding the bifurcation of the Education Department. Such issues would be decided by the Chief Minister and by the United Democratic Front (UDF), he said.

Transport of students

The first phase of distribution of school textbooks had almost been completed. The second phase of distribution would be in October.

In reply to a question on the safe transport of school students, the Minister said he was aware of a scheme put in place by the police in Thiruvananthapuram.

If found satisfactory that can be considered for implementation across the State.

Teacher-student ratio

When the RTE Act becomes a reality in Kerala, then the teacher-student ratio would become 1:30. As of now Kerala cannot effect that ratio, he said.

Teachers' salary

In reply to a question on lack of salary to many teachers in higher secondary schools in the Malabar region, Mr. Rabb said the government would take steps to tackle the problem.

Higher Education Principal Secretary Tom Jose, General Education Secretary James Varghese, and Director of Public Instruction Mohammed Hanish were among those who participated in the meeting.

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