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Updated: August 30, 2013 03:03 IST

Malayalam proficiency must for jobs

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Culture Minister K.C. Joseph says the Cabinet will take a final decision on linguistic minorities.
Culture Minister K.C. Joseph says the Cabinet will take a final decision on linguistic minorities.

Relaxation likely for candidates belonging to linguistic minorities

The State government is likely to stick to the norm that any person seeking to enter State government service should be proficient in Malayalam. However, candidates belonging to linguistic minorities are likely to be exempted from the norm.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Culture Minister K.C. Joseph held talks with legislators representing constituencies with a high density of linguistic minorities here on Thursday and promised to consider their plea for relaxation of the language norm for candidates who have never studied Malayalam.

Mr. Joseph told The Hindu after the meeting that the Cabinet would consider the MLAs’ request and take a final decision in the matter. Till 1998, job aspirants who had not studied Malayalam either as first or second language in Class 10 or Class 12 were required to pass a special language examination within four years of their appointment if their service was to be confirmed. The government had amended the norm in 1998 granting those belonging to this category 10 years’ time to clear the special language examination.

MLAs’ plea

At the meeting, the MLAs P.B. Abdul Razak (Majeswaram), N.A. Nellikkunnu (Kasaragod) and E.S. Bijimol (Peerumade) pointed out that Malayalam was not being taught in around 300 schools in linguistic minority-dominated areas. Students in these schools studied Tamil or Kannada. As such, the government should either retain the existing norms or provide candidates from such areas more time to study Malayalam, they said.

The Culture Minister said that the Chief Minister had assured the MLAs that the Cabinet would take into account their plea for retention of the new norm when a decision in the matter is taken. However, under no circumstance would the government grant any such relaxation to any other candidate. All such candidates should clear the special Malayalam test before completing their probatio.

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if each and every state is going to follow the path of kerala , it is going to be a problem for our job seekers. if in gulf countries , Arabic is made compulsory, how the NRI are going to is better to have hindi a must instead of Malayalam and ofcourse Malayalam must be made a compulsory paper up to 12 th . that will be enough.if we are denying other states peoples , at least publicly, in the future every body is going to suffer in india as a nation.panicker

from:  panicker
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 16:54 IST

Excellent decision. I think every state should enforce this. Look at what's happening in Bangalore none of the immigrants bother to learn Kannada. I live in an apartment complex where pretty much everyone speaks only Hindi.

from:  Ma
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 13:58 IST

.In my opinion, every students should receive basic education (reading, writing, and arithmetic) in mother tongue which she /he is most familiar with.Mother tongue is the best medium for the expression of one's ideas and feelings. The Kerala Government current decision is a very good step to democracy and for the welfare of common people of Kerala .The teaching of the mother tongue is important because on it depends the growth of our students. According to official figures, there are 12,649 schools in the state, of which 4,501 are government schools, 7,284 are aided schools and 864 are unaided schools. Besides these, there are 764 CBSE and 108 ICSE schools.The government should take necessary action to those English medium schools which did not teach Malayalam as a paper in their schools.The best solution is ban English medium schools from Kerala and give education in mother tongue up to PreDegree level.

from:  Jomy Jose
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 12:34 IST


from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 10:58 IST

good decision..........

from:  Raphael James
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 09:52 IST

Not only Malayalam must be manadatory for the jobs, at least basic knowledge of hindi shoul be too. We are living in a corner of our nation. So we reain always a little backward in our thinkings, behaviour, etc etc...... Understanding hindi help us to mingle with other state and extend our horizont.

from:  Sebastian
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 08:51 IST

An unnecessary and an unworkable proposition. Would it mean that even the Governor who comes from some other part of the country and does not speak the language would lose the job!? Preposterous! Something one would not expect from the educated and worldlywise Malayalis who go to other parts of the country and the world,take a job and then learn the language out of necessity than coercion . It is a silly parochial mind set that is playing out and all those who think straight should defeat such narrow view of the world.

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 03:02 IST

It is bad enough that even in a big city like Thrissur ( which is my native place ) people tend to communicate only in Malayalam though they know English, thus putting others into a very embarrassing situation. Hence this sudden love for and heavy lifting for this language is a bit tiresome. Let them keep knowledge of the local language as mandatory for Government service but please ensure that these "servants " do know other languages preferably English knowledge as an addl. qualification.Please do not allow love of local language as a craze like in North India as English is a window to the world and we Malayalees do roam the globe more than others!!!!.

from:  L.Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 02:19 IST

This is great news! Hope the Malayalis working in Tamil Nadu will now learn Tamil. Dr. VJ Philip who worked for more than three decades at Madras Christian College and even became its principal later, couldn't even speak a single word in Tamil! That is utter contempt these people have towards Tamil and Tamil culture.

from:  F Franco
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 02:03 IST
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