Meritorious students finding it tough to cope with English

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2014 15:18 IST

The latest instructions of project director of Society for Promotion of Education for Poor and Meritorious Students of Punjab Major General (retired) KAS Bhullar has left the school teachers of residential school, Ludhiana in dilemma as they have been directed to take extra English language and conversation classes two days per week in the afternoon.The idea is to encourage students to speak in English.

However, most of the students at residential school for the meritorious are from Punjabi medium and hence find it tough to cope up as the textbooks too are in English.

The school has only one teacher for this subject and there is no auditorium or hall where the teachers can take extra language and conversation classes.

In a school where more than 300 students out of a total of 341 are from Punjabi medium schools, they are bound to face difficulty in comprehending English.Some of the students claimed that they were making sincere efforts to learn the language. They said they had started taking coaching outstide school so as that excell in their studies at the residential school.

A teacher at the school who did not wish to be named said, "In such a sceniario, we have to explain the meaning of every word to the students whenever we teach in English. So the students are indeed finding it tough to understand the language. With the latest directions, it will get more difficult for us as well and this will affect the results of the school for this session according to me."

Another teacher who wished not to be named, said, "As teachers, we can read a student’s face and clearly understand that the child isn’t being able to understand what is being taught. So we are teach in both Punjabi and English and side by side try to explain the meanings of the English words to the students. With the change in medium and new stream the students are finding tough to cope up. On top of it, it is difficult for teachers to teach chemistry, physics and mathematics in Punjabi."

When contacted, officiating principal, Anoop Kumar Passi, said, "We have to follow the instructions of the project director and teachers are directed to take extra language and conversation classes in English twice a week. I think we need an expert teacher in this language who can help the students. We are taking all possible steps to guide the m during classes. They have been directed to use translation dictionaries which is proving to be a helping hand for them."

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