Tamil Nadu will only continue to follow the bilingual system, comprising Tamil and English, and there was no movement to switch to the trilingual formula, the school education commissioner said Sunday. In an official publication that refutes reports in a section of the media that there were “discreet” attempts to adopt the trilingual system, an official release said: “Tamil Nadu has made his language policy clear on many occasions.” “Tamil, the native language, and the global link language English are in vogue (in the state) according to the bilingual formula,” it said.
Under a 2006 law, learning Tamil is compulsory up to class X, while native speakers of Telugu or Malayalam or Kannada or Urdu can also learn their respective languages, it said. “Therefore, people should not worry about the language course policies that have been made abundantly clear and should not believe in reports that are factual and misleading,” it said.
Both the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu, the ruling DMK and its rival AIADMK, who have ruled the state at various times since 1967, oppose the implementation of the trilingual formula in the state, saying that Tamil and English would suffice and there was no need for a third – Hindi.
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