Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday directed the School Education Department to continue the exemption granted to all class X students having mother tongue other than Tamil from writing Part I Tamil language during the board exam commencing next month.
The First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevan granted exemption considering a batch of PILs from linguistic minority institutions.
The petitioners sought a direction to the state school education authorities to exempt the students belonging to other states and having different mother tongues, from writing the Tamil language exam and instead to write it in their respective mother tongue.
The counsels for the linguistic minority Institutions contended that the non-Tamil students will be put into "irreparable loss and hardship" if they were compelled to take Tamil paper exam.
The matter relates to a government rule making it compulsory for class X students to write Tamil examination.
The counsels submitted that though the Act was brought into force in 2014, till date no rules were framed for its implementation.
Though the Act of Compulsory Tamil in schools was enacted in 2006, it was brought into force only in 2014. Till 2014, the government had not appointed teachers in schools for teaching Tamil language, they submitted.
After hearing the arguments, the bench directed the government to continue the exemption to students having mother tongue other than Tamil from writing Part I Tamil language during the board exam.
The exercise of exempting the students from writing the exam shall be completed within two days as the examination is scheduled to begin in March, the bench said.
The high court had in an order last year gave the exemption to the students from writing Tamil language paper....