Chennai: Students who have other languages as their mother tongue should learn Tamil till Class 6 in all schools across the state, Tamil Nadu government on Friday made it clear in the Assembly.

"Students in Tamil Nadu have to learn Tamil as a language. There is no change in that," Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said, responding to a query by Congress member Gopinath who said students from other states were finding it difficult in view of lack of Tamil teachers.

Jayalalithaa said learning Tamil in schools was a must as similar practice was in place in states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, where Kannada and Telugu were taught compulsorily.

"The government will make necessary arrangements to employ teachers. But, all students in Tamil Nadu have to learn Tamil as a language," she said.