In view of parents’ preference to chose English-medium schools to make their children fluent in the second language, the State Government has decided to introduce Spoken English in elementary education.
In the first phase, English would be added to the curriculum from Class-I in 100 schools. Currently, English is being taught in schools as a subject from Class-III.
The new initiative is aimed at making the students enrolled in Government schools converse well in English, School & Mass Education Department sources said.
As the parents are keen on teaching English to their children from the primary level, the Spoken English module is expected to improve students’ enrolment in the Government schools.
Notably, last year, over 70 per cent of students had failed in the English paper in the matriculation examination. In view of this, the Government has increased the duration of an English class in schools to 90 minutes from existing 45 minutes to improve standard of English education.