Special Correspondent

Coimbatore: The Coimbatore MP, P.R. Natarajan, has urged the Central Government not to insist on securing 20 per cent marks in Hindi for teacher recruitment in Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central schools).


In a memorandum to the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Kapil Sibal, he said “one fails to understand as to why securing of 20 per cent marks in Hindi is made compulsory while the medium of instruction in these schools in all subjects is only English. Such a condition, imposing Hindi even in selection process of teaching staff, would eventually deprive most of the graduates of South India from getting employment in Central schools.”

He pointed out that a graduate who had passed out in Tamil medium could become even an IAS officer in Tamil Nadu without qualifying in Hindi.

Local language

Similarly, even IAS officers belonging to the other States, if they had to serve in Tamil Nadu, were allowed three years to learn the working knowledge of the local language.

“However, for teachers to get employment in the Kendriya Vidyalyas, it is not enough if they simply possess working knowledge of Hindi but also should equip themselves to the graduation level in India.

Therefore I am of the opinion that it is not necessary to insist on securing of 20 per cent of marks in Hindi as a precondition for appointment as a teacher in Kendriya Vidyalayas,” the MP said.