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English for the Masses

English for the Masses
August 14, 2009

After almost four decades, Bihar has woken up to English education in the state, making English a compulsory subject in Board Examinations from the commencement of the academic session 2010. “Bihar can no longer afford to lag behind as far as English education is concernedâ€, says Raghubansh Kumar, Bihar School Examination Board academic director.

  Underlining the importance of English speaking in today's world, the Government of Bihar has taken the initiative to hone the spoken English skills of the government high school teachers  and thereby their students in the state to keep pace with the time. For this purpose, the government has entrusted the job to British Lingua, a Delhi based institution specializing in Spoken English training under private public partnership.Lauding the efforts of British Lingua, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) director Hasan Waris said “ the educational company has done a creditable jobâ€. Encouraged by the result of the two districts of the pilot project, the council is going to take the programme to all other districts of the state.Feedback taken from the trainees indicates the programme is a hit. The participants expressed their happiness over the government's move towards bringing about a change in the educational system. This article is contributed by Alka Jha