AP govt gives English push at primary education level
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 11:37
Hyderabad: With English increasingly becoming the preferred language of education even among students hailing from poorer sections, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to lay emphasis on the language right from Class I in its schools.

English will now be taught as the second language from Class I from 2011-12 academic year, Minister for Primary Education Sake Sailajanath said.

"The basic idea is to provide access to children from poorer sections as well as rural areas to English education right from Class I rather than Class III (the current policy), so that they can compete with students of private schools," Sailajanath said.

A report by the Regional Institute of English (RIE), (Bangalore) has established that the percentage of enrolment of students in Government schools has drastically reduced from 84.48 per cent to 55.72 per cent in primary and upper primary schools, whereas admissions in the private residential schools increased from 17.52 per cent to 44.28 per cent in the period from 1995-96 to 2009-10 in Andhra Pradesh.

In respect of Telugu medium, enrolment percentage in Class I to Class X for the period 2000-01 to 2009-10 in Government schools reduced from 83.47 per cent to 65.54 per cent, while English medium enrolment increased from 13.77 per cent to 31.66 per cent.

"It was observed that most parents in rural areas are withdrawing their children from Government Telugu medium schools due to lack of English teaching," the report noted.

RIE has recommended introduction of English from Class I without making it a burden for the children to learn it most effectively in the early years.


First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 11:37

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