Teachers from colleges under Kolhan University launched an initiative to improve the standard of English among students on Saturday.
Faculty members, who gathered under the newly launched forum Kolhan University English Teachers for Academics, said they were alarmed by the falling standard of English evident in the answer sheets.
“The quality of written English we find in answer sheets is degrading every year. One reason behind it is the lack of reading culture among students. We also aim to develop a love for literature in them,” said S.K. Sinha, president of the forum and head of the varsity’s postgraduate English department.
The forum will promote literary studies through paper presentations and talks. It will hold monthly sessions in colleges affiliated to the varsity.
Teachers, postgraduate students and research scholars will be part of the forum. People from other fields with literary inclinations, can also join.
Most students take up English literature in college to gain fluency in the language. But the habit of following question banks instead of original texts does not help.
Academics spoke on another worrying trend. “Some words and usages may sound fine on social media platforms but are not allowed in exams,” said Yahiya Ibrahim, treasurer of the forum and a faculty of Karim City College.