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Soon, language classes for labourers’ kids

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2013 08:41 IST

In a move that could boost the career prospects of thousands of vernacular-medium students in the state, the Maharashtra labour welfare commission plans to introduce English language training classes, especially for the children of labourers.

The commission also plans to tie up with colleges in the state to conduct courses in French, German, Mandarin and other foreign languages for the students.

“It is difficult for these students to get a well-paying job

The Maharashtra labour welfare commission is planning to start English courses for children of labourers and children who study in vernacular-medium schools and for labourers’ children.

The commission also wants to start French, German and Mandarin classes to help them get jobs abroad. in the country as they are not well-versed in English. Also, teaching them foreign languages will give them an edge in terms of securing jobs abroad,” said Arvind Kumar, general secretary, labour welfare commission.

While the discussions are still at a nascent stage, the move has received an overwhelmingly positive response from across the 18 centres of the welfare commission in the state.

"The government grants a scholarship of Rs50,000 to help students belonging to labourer families study a course of their choice abroad and this course will help them in a big way," Kumar added.

The commissions has also had a meeting with the French embassy's language department to provide teachers from France to teach the language, the response for which was also positive, Kumar has claimed.

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