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KPSC to Conduct Higher Secondary Level Exams in Malayalam

Thiruvananthapuram: PSC has announced that the higher secondary level exams for government jobs will be in the medium of Malayalam language from now on. This decision has been made last December but was not yet applied.

PSC has decided to put this in action after the recent hunger strike by the Aikya Malayala Prasthanam, an organisation that works for the promotion of Malayalam, in front of the Kerala State Public Service Commission headquarters at Pattom demanding that Malayalam be made the medium for PSC examinations. The government has reached the decision to conduct Higher Secondary level exams in Malayalam, but the authorities said that it will take some time to implement it.

The organisation, in a statement, said Malayalam had been made the official language by the government in 2017. The government policy was that the mother tongue was the administrative language. Moreover, the State had been formed on the basis of language. The mother tongue of 97.02% people in the State was Malayalam.

Malayalam had also been given the classical status. However, the PSC which conducted examinations to select officials to implement the government’s policy was conducting these in English. In no other State did such a situation exist. The PSCs in other States conducted their examinations in the mother tongue and in English only for linguistic minorities. When Civil Services examinations for IAS or IPS could be taken in Malayalam, there was no reason to conduct examinations for selecting staff to work under them in English, the statement from organization chairperson O.G. Oleena and convener R. Nandakumar said.

From now on the exams for recruiting Police and Firemen will be conducted in Malayalam. Exams with SSLC as eligibility are already conducted in the medium of Malayalam.

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