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English still a ‘foreign language’ for govt school students

Going by the results of the city government schools, whose 1,887 students will be reappearing in their Class-12 examination, English continues to be a ‘foreign language’ for students of these schools as a majority of students have got compartment in English.

punjab Updated: May 22, 2016 13:44 IST
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“Periphery school students find it difficult to read and write English. Around 1,500 students will be reappearing in the exam. We have planned to start remedial classes for weak students in government schools.”
“Periphery school students find it difficult to read and write English. Around 1,500 students will be reappearing in the exam. We have planned to start remedial classes for weak students in government schools.”(HT Photo)

Going by the results of the city government schools, whose 1,887 students will be reappearing in their Class-12 examination, English continues to be a ‘foreign language’ for students of these schools as a majority of students have got compartment in English.

Read more: UT govt schools continue poor performance in CBSE Class 12 results

In Government model senior secondary school (GMSSS), Sector 18, a total of 26 students have failed in English while in GMSSS-37, six students have failed in the subject.

The school heads, especially of the periphery schools, including GSSS Dhanas, GSSS Raipur, GSSS Behlana, GMSSS Karsan, GSSS Mauli Jagran etc, confirmed that majority of their students have got compartment in English.

Arvind Rana, president of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Teachers’ Association said, “The two main reasons for poor results, especially in English are – Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), which says that the school has to pass the student irrespective of the knowledge a student possesses. The second reason is the workload on teachers in government schools. They are involved in multifarious activities and do not even have adequate time to spend on children.”

Commenting on it, the director, school education, (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “Periphery school students find it difficult to read and write English. Around 1,500 students will be reappearing in the exam. We have planned to start remedial classes for weak students in government schools.”

Vineeta Arora, principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27 also complained that her best students have secured much less marks in English. She said, “I will be writing to the CBSE office as results are surprising. The best students, who have secured 98-99% in other subjects have secured only 70-80% marks in English. I believe there was some problem with this particular centre. This never happened earlier.”

Survey findings

In the findings of the recent state-level learning achievement survey, conducted in government schools by a city-based college, Class-3 and Class-5 students had performed ‘below average’ in both languages and mathematics. A large number of students could not even frame a simple sentence like “I was going to school”.

The school students had secured much below average in language skills, English listening, English speaking and writing and the worst results were in English writing. The report had suggested some observational remedial suggestions, including programmed learning classes and a ‘student academic sustenance programme’.