Chhattisgarh: Poor quality of English teaching puts future of students in jeopardy

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government will train 44000 teachers in four years to teach English in schools. However, these exercises for improving English teaching level in schools have been going on for 18 years. For this, till now 108 training programmes and equal number of workshops have been conducted. The state government has so far spent about Rs 108 crore on preparing teachers like this.

Hindi, Sanskrit teachers teaching English

Significantly the teachers who are being appointed to teach English in schools are not English-language teachers. In most schools, English is being taught only by teachers of Hindi and Sanskrit languages. The result is that the students’ Englisah remains weak and later it is difficuly for them to get a job.

Less than 10 % colleges teach through English medium

The standard of teaching of English language in the government schools has been deteriorating. Teaching through English medium is not available even in 10 % of the state’s colleges.

Students face problems later on account of weak English and their career is ruined or adversely affected. Some of the students who faced problems shared their predicament with Dainik Bhaskar:

Dhavendra Sahu: Topped in 12th standard in the state in 2017. Took admission in the BITS Pilani Engineering College, Rajasthan. But left studies in the middle as his English was weak.

Jyoti Sahu: Wanted to become a school teacher in an English medium school after doing BEd. She taught in a school of Jagdalpur. But the schools in the capital rejected her in the interview.

Namita Tiwari: In 2008, she ranked among top three in the Shikshakarmi eligibility examination. She did B Ed instead of joining the job. English medium schools in Kanker rejected her as her English is weak.

Rex: Wanted to become a corporate trainer. The institutes do not invite him as he is not fluent in English and those who call him pay less because he can impart training in Hindi only.

Bhaskar Ground Report

The rest of the subjects are taught with the help of guides. There is no uniform system to train teachers as training is sometimes given by State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and sometimes by English Learning Training Institute (ELTI) or NCERT.

In the Vivekanand English Medium School of the capital, two teachers were appointed after the training for class 6. One of them has recently been transferred. Therefore, there is now only one teacher. Children are studying subjects like Maths, Science with the help of guides.

‘Teachers must be skilled’

Educationist Jawahar Suri Shetty said teachers must be skilled before converting schools into English medium.

Gaurav Dwivedi, secretary, Education Department, said it is our effort to improve the level of English teaching and we want to create an environment where students can speak as much as possible in English.

(Story by Amitabh Arun Dubey)