Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Thursday expressed “deep concern” over the abysmally low standards of English teaching skills shown by the teachers of different government schools and constituted a core group of experts to work out a long-term strategy to improve the language skills of English teachers.
Announcing this, an official spokesperson said the core group consisting of heads of 17 District Institutes of Education Training (DIET), heads of 12 Government In Service Teachers Training Institutes (GIST) have been called for emergent meeting on Friday at Mohali to chalk out a long-term and short-term strategy to improve the English language skills of teachers.
The core group has been mandated with the task of studying the problem in depth, work out a crash course for the teachers, curriculum of the crash course besides working out the details of long-term training programme for English teachers of such schools.
Cheema has issued instructions that he will personally monitor the training programme and ensure that teachers raise their teaching standards to tackle the problem permanently.
Meanwhile, the education department is also planning to fix the issue through training involving international English language institutes like British Council.
Cheema told HT, “The government will leave no stone unturned to improve the quality of teachers. We are holding an internal meeting on Friday to discuss how to go about it and roping in international language teaching institutes is also on the cards.”