Jalandhar education dept to adopt English medium in primary schools

  • Aakanksha N Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 14:01 IST
Till now, all government primary schools in the district are Punjabi medium. (HT File Photo)

With an aim to increase the enrolment in government schools, the district education department (primary) has decided to adopt English medium in government schools.

To begin with, the department is asking school heads if they are willing to teach English. If successful, the department has a plan to implement English in all schools. Till now, all government primary schools in the district are Punjabi medium.

The department has asked block primary education officers of all 19 blocks in the district to gather information on how many schools are willing to adopt English medium.

According to information, schools from Kartarpur and Guraya have already shown interest in adopting English medium. Officials said the initiative had been hailed by all and many schools were coming forward to implement English medium. Sources said the idea was approved at a meeting with director public instructions (primary education) Pankaj Sharma on May 2.

Head teacher of government primary school in Nakodar Ravinder Singh Kang said it was a welcome step as it would increase the strength of the students in government schools.

“Earlier we did not have a valid reason to convince parents that why they should admit their students in the government schools instead of the private ones as they would always prefer English medium schools, but now thanks to the district education department, we will have a solid reason to convince the parents,” said Kang.

When asked, district education officer Massa Singh confirmed that the department has taken the initiative to introduce English in primary schools.

“We are holding meetings at the ground level and are making plan on how to implement it. I want the students to know that the government schools are no less than private ones.”

Deputy DEO Rajesh Sharma said this initiative would give fruitful results and would help improve enrolment. District resource person Somnath said: “Since we are collecting the data and the schools are coming forward for this programme, we will prepare a list of supplementary books and will provide to the schools accordingly.”

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