Members of the Tamil Vazhi Kalvi Koottu Iyyakathinar staged a demonstration in front of the Panagal Building protesting the alleged "conversion of government schools into English-medium schools."

While Tamil should be a subject and medium of instruction from Std.1to Plus Two, English can be taught as a language subject from Std. 6, they said.

State must immediately drop the idea of introducing English as a medium of instruction in government schools, they demanded.

Basic facilities

State should ensure that all government schools have playground and toilet facilities. Vacancies in sports, music, and drawing faculties should be filled up, they demanded. Ayyanapuram C.Murugesan, general secretary, Thamizh Desiya Iyakkam, led the agitation.