S. Vijay Kumar
It will be taught thrice a week to students of VI to X standards
MADURAI. For the first time in the southern zone, a regional language has been introduced as an optional subject in Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Tamil will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalaya at Kochadai here, thanks to the efforts taken by District Collector T. Udhayachandran. Under Article 112 in the Education Code of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangatan, which provides for teaching of a regional language/mother tongue when 20 or more students opt for it, Tamil was introduced as an additional subject. Apart from English that is a medium of instruction, Hindi and Sanskrit are taught in these schools.
Tamil will be taught thrice a week to students studying in VI to X standards. "We want to gradually introduce it from I standard. The district administration will mobilise funds to meet the cost of teaching Tamil," Mr. Udhayachandran said on Thursday.
However, there would be no marks, as Tamil would not be brought under the curriculum.
"There was a persistent demand from students to learn the language. This is the first time that a regional language will be taught in a Kendriya Vidyalaya," he said.
The Government has allotted 10 acres at Tirupparankundram for construction of additional buildings of Kendriya Vidyalaya.