Thiruvananthapuram: The study of Malayalam has been made compulsory in Kerala up to tenth standard in both government and private schools across the state.
Briefing mediapersons after a meeting of the state Cabinet, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said an ordinance in this regard has been promulgated. The new law would be applicable to all the schools, including CBSE, ICSE, self-financing, aided and unaided institutions.
If any institution was found violating the guidelines, its NOC would be cancelled and a fine of Rs 5,000 imposed on the Principal of that institution.
The Chief Minister said no school should be allowed to prohibit speaking of Malayalam. Foreign students and those from other states would be given relaxation in the rules for the tenth standard examination.