Kerala government has promulgated an ordinance making Malayalam compulsory in the schools across the state. The law will be applicable up to Class X in all schools, including those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE. 

Issuing a stern warning, Chief Minister said that the no-objection certificate (NOC) of schools that refuse to teach Malayalam would be cancelled. "The schools should not restrict children from speaking Malayalam on campus nor should there be any declaration or notice ordering students to speak in English or any other languages," Pinarayi Vijayan said. 

All schools, including state, aided, unaided and private will have to adhere to the rule. However, Malayalam won't be made compulsory for students from other states and international students, he said. 

The government issued the ordinance after getting the approval of Governor P Sadasivam. 

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Detailing on the other directions, in the ordinance, he said that schools should not impose a direct or indirect ban against speaking Malayalam on campus. Other than the cancellation of NOC, principals of schools, that fail to teach Malayalam, would have to pay ₹5,000 as fine, the Chief Minister said.