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Speaking English to be mandatory in schools

punjab Updated: Apr 24, 2012 12:52 IST
Nidhi Bhanot

To brush up English-speaking skills, the Punjab School Education Board has passed directions to government schools, through district education officers, that students will communicate in English in classrooms once their class teachers complete English language special training from the department.

To make students capable of moving in this fast-moving world, the board is providing a special training to government teachers of senior secondary schools in English language.

The first group of 15 teachers left for the British Council in Hyderabad a few days ago, for brushing up their writing and speaking skills in English.

After the completion of training of the first batch, another 15 teachers from different senior secondary schools of the city and other districts would be sent to Hyderabad.

According to the directions of the Punjab education department, the training programme has been started under remedial schemes to improve the English language standard of teachers and students in government schools.

After the completion of training, the teachers would have to make it compulsory for students in their classes to communicate in English with them. This will help brush up English-speaking skills of weaker students in English as revealed in their results every year.

Though under the Padho Punjab Scheme students are being given special training in English with Punjabi and Maths, still to improve their English the department took this initiative which is expected to show positive results in the next session.

Principals of Punjab Agricultural University Government Senior Secondary School Sanjeev Thapar and Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, appreciated the initiative. They said, "It is a very good initiative by the education department and will help students enhance writing and speaking skills in English."

They went on to add, "Students of government schools scored less marks in English and speaking in the language is a difficult task for them. However, we still try our best to encourage them to speak in English at least in the subject period. After the training programme teachers will be able to help students communicate better in the language."

The initiative has been taken after written directions from the Director General Secondary Education (DGSE) for the better future of school students.