It’s 'English Vinglish' in Madhya Pradesh schools

  • Animesh Jain, Hindustan Times, Barwani
  • Updated: Nov 27, 2014 14:47 IST

It may sound strange but it is true. An English teacher teaching the Queen’s language to class 6 students at a government middle school of village Borlai run by tribal development department was found fumbling when asked to spell ‘February’ by Indore commissioner Sanjay Dubey.

If that was not enough, more shock was in store for Dubey as three government officials accompanying the commissioner — assistant commissioner Adivasi Vikas Barwani RK Jain (class one officer), district education officer SR Achale and block resource convener ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan JP Yadav — also found them in a soup as they couldn’t write the correct spelling of the month. Later on, the headmaster of the school came to their rescue and wrote the correct spelling.

Dubey, who is fond of teaching during his visits to the schools, started teaching and asked the spelling of month February. Neither the students nor the teacher were able to write it on the blackboard. Now, it was the turn of the officers who accompanied him to the class and were enjoying the moments. But, they too, failed the test!

A shocked commissioner could not hide his displeasure and expressed his disappointment by saying that the standard of the education continues to be pathetic in the district. "In this situation we are going to produce frustrated students," Dubey said in desperation.

Dubey, who visited Thikri block of the district and found the same situation there, ordered to organise an exam for the ability of the teachers. But due to heavy protest, the exam was cancelled to leave the students in the hands of same teachers.

Earlier, last week during an inspection by joint director, school education, an English teacher of Middle School Number 5, at MoG Lines in Barwani, spelled ‘government’ as ‘goverment’, and unfortunately, the students were also learning the wrong spelling.

The answer shocked Kaushal Kishore Pandey, joint director, school education, Indore division, who immediately ordered Sankul principal Sashikant Gubreley to arrange special classes after the school hours for such school teachers, who are weak in their respective subjects.

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