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Kerala Government Expresses Concern Over Lakshadweep’s Shift to CBSE Medium

The Kerala government has expressed “great concern” over Lakshadweep’s recent directive to convert all schools under their Department of Education from Malayalam to CBSE English medium. Kerala’s General Education Minister, V Sivankutty, has written to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, strongly condemning the move.

He emphasized that the decision would jeopardize diverse educational choices for students and constitute a direct infringement on their fundamental right to education. Currently, there are 34 schools in Lakshadweep with a total student population of 12,140.

The shift to CBSE English medium neglects the cultural context of students and denies them their right to receive education in the language of their choice, the minister argued. He urged the Centre’s intervention to safeguard educational diversity and uphold students’ rights in Lakshadweep.