Not easy at all but passable

Warangal: It seems that the state government’s push for English language learning in public schools starting next school year is not so easy, but passable. The Hans India spoke to a cross section of people including teachers, parents and students to ask them about the government’s initiative.

In the wake of English being the widely used language in the corporate world, language has become one of the most important employability skills that no one opposes. Although the government’s decision to introduce legislation to introduce English as a language of instruction, it has to overcome initial setbacks, particularly with regard to the capacities of teaching staff who, on the whole, lack skills to teach in English.

Kakatiya University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Thatikonda Ramesh, said: “This is a well-considered decision by the state government. Infusing English from primary education will do students a lot of good. English should not become an obstacle to their career. . According to a study, more than 90% of young people who have completed their studies cannot speak English. As a result, a majority of students, despite their academic talent, flounder in their careers. Indeed, a bitter truth to digest. Prof Ramesh said any reform-minded decision will have its own set of issues before it is put into practice and the government will surely address them appropriately.

ZPHS government teacher, Kadipikonda under Kazipet mandal, BV Rajagopal, who welcomed the decision of the state government, said, “Changing the language of instruction to English is not so easy, however, with planning and appropriate implementation. Hopefully the government was thinking about these lines. . Above all, the state must tackle the language barrier of teachers. At least 90% of the teachers are from a Telugu background; therefore, they need training and orientation courses to improve their English skills. »

At the same time, the government should give preference to the mother tongue, Telugu, which shapes the development of a student’s personality, besides changing the thought process in him. In fact, the Kothari Commission also recommended regional/mother tongues as the first language, Rajagopal said.

“We are going in the right direction to help students, especially those who come from rural areas. A majority of parents prefer private schools that provide education in English. Although we have competent and dedicated teachers, people do not prefer not public schools just because they want their halls to be industry-ready, especially with communication skills,” said Manganuri Murali, Senior Photographer at Hanumakonda.

“Better late than never. Finally, the government has realized the importance of knowing English. This will solve the problem of communication skills faced by young people,” said A Damodar Reddy, an employee of the private sector.

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