Introduce English at later stage, says report on primary education
Policy planners need to ‘rethink’ about introduction of English as a medium of instruction from Class I, the study commissioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry said.
English has been introduced at the primary level in 27 states, it is a subject in Class I in 18 states, and the medium of instruction in Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, and government model schools of Chandigarh and Maharashtra. While the early introduction of the language is in response to people’s aspirations for quality education, experts opine that the language must be introduced at a relatively later stage and the mother tongue must be the medium of learning at primary level.
Conducted by the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT), the study says, “Teachers in all the states/UT have fallen into what is called ‘the textbook trap’. The teachers and students were entirely dependent on the books.”
Most teachers begin their lessons by reading from textbooks, finish lessons abruptly, do not teach word/sentence patterns, resort to local languages and offer no opportunity to children to