As parents and students protest the closure of the only secondary and higher secondary Tamil school in the state, they have got unexpected support from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. Tamil school news
The chief minister of the southern state has written a letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani stating that Tamil Nadu will undertake expenditure of running the Tamil school in Maninagar, Ahmedabad.
He has also requested Rupani to let the school continue to function.
What Tamil Nadu CM wrote Tamil school news
In the letter, Palaniswami said it was distressing to hear that the school imparting education in Tamil mainly to migrant labourers in Ahmedabad had been closed due to low attendance. He said the children are now left without any choice to continue their education.
“Tamil is an ancient language with rich history and culture and migrants from Tamil Nadu have immensely contributed to the development of Gujarat. I request you to protect the future of Tamil linguistic minority in Gujarat,” the letter said.
It also offered to bear the financial burden to keep the school running.
“I request you to pass a suitable order so that the Tamil school can continue to function. Tamil Nadu government is willing to undertake the entire expenditure for the continuance of this Tamil medium school,” said the letter.
Palaniswami said he hoped the Gujarat government would take early action in the case.
Why the school was closed? Tamil school news
The parents and students have been protesting the closure of the school mid-term as it will impact the school. The education department cited the low attendance stating that the school has just 31 students from Class 9 to 12.
The parents have further argued that since it is the only Tamil school in the area, they have no other option.
Recently, the students had refused to accept the school leaving certificate that the district education officers had come to give them.
The school was set up in 1971 for children of migrant labourers from Tamil Nadu who worked in the mills in Ahmedabad.
It once ran full strength but this soon dwindled to 31 as most children opted for English-medium. The school had been given several chances to increase its strength but it failed to do so.
There were also reports that the department was planning to turn it into an English-medium school with Tamil as an optional language.
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