The Kendriya Vidyalaya schools functioning under the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Central Government are educating the children of all the staff working in the Central Government. There are 49 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Tamil Nadu alone.
In this context, the information obtained through RTI that the Sanskrit and Hindi languages are compulsory in 49 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Tamil Nadu from class 6 to class 8 and there are no Tamil language subjects and Tamil teachers, where this information is going viral on social media.
The social activist, who wants to be anonymous, had sent the reply document filed by RTI information regarding Kendriya Vidyalaya School to Youturn.
In reply to 16 questions asked under the Right to Information Act on behalf of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on January 25, Sanskrit and Hindi were made compulsory in all Kendriya Vidyalaya schools from 6th to 8th standard. Whereas in the tenth-grade students can be chosen Tamil as an optional subject.
All Kendriya Vidyalaya schools don’t have Tamil language as a compulsory subject from 6th standard onwards. There are 49 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Tamil Nadu.
The answer to the question of how many Tamil language schools are there in Tamil Nadu is NIL and the answer to the question of whether Tamil can be chosen as a language subject is “No”. It also says “no” to any other classical language being taught.
Finally, in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Tamil Nadu, 109 Hindi teachers and 53 Sanskrit language teachers are employed and there are no Tamil teachers (0).
Last year, many Tamil activists and political party leaders condemned an order issued by the Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Tamil Nadu stating that Tamil would be taught only if it is desired by 20 students from class six onwards.
Similarly, in a petition filed in November last year seeking to have Tamil as an optional subject in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools up to class 12 and to order the appointment of Tamil teachers, Justices N. Kirupakaran and P. Pukhalendi said, “It cannot be accepted that Tamil is the only optional subject in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools. Every language must be protected and learning Tamil is a fundamental right”.
As such, 49 schools in Tamil Nadu do not even have Tamil as an optional language subject and this has been sharing by many on social media condemning the information released on the RTI.