The Government Mahindra College has decided to train the district's government school teachers in speaking and writing in English, weeks after the latter angered education minister Daljit Singh Cheema by failing to converse in the language.
The college management on Monday said they will be organising a 40-day English language course for the teachers August 1 onwards.
Recently, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal sought suggestions from college principals to improve the academic standard of the government teachers.
Mahindra College principal, Sukhbir Singh Thind, said he suggested that a refresher course in English development skill, which would later help improve the vocational and writing skills, be held for the teachers.
"We are also going to set an English language laboratory, for which the updated software has already been ordered from Hyderabad," Thind said.
The state education department has already constituted a core group of the district institutes of education training (DIET) and the government in-service teachers training institutes (GIST) to chalk out long and short-term strategies to improve the English language skills of teachers, besides starting crash courses also.
Thind said the college has already drafted the syllabus for the refresher course and would be roping in teachers from across Patiala. The teachers will be taking part in the training after their school hours, he added.
Thind said it was important for teachers, particularly those teaching primary and secondary students, to be proficient in the English language as it had a direct bearing on the quality of learning at the higher level.
"How can a teacher make a student learn, when he or she does not know even the basics of English speaking or writing?" Thind asked.
"This is the reason that the students fail to excel in higher education as level of education at primary and secondary level is not up to mark."