English continues to be an Achilles heel for teachers and students alike at government schools.
Not anymore, though. Steps are being taken to improve the quality of English teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Under the project, teachers would be chosen to impart training and boost English language skills of the students. According to plan, master trainers would be selected to guide other teachers posted in different government middle schools across the district. These trainers, in turn, would impart English education to students of classes VI, VII and VIII.
The British Council, which has been working with the Bihar government for the past three years under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, organised the test to select trainers.
The district planning officer (primary education and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan), Amit Kumar, said a selection test of English teachers of the upper primary level was held at Zila School on Friday.
A total of 62 English teachers appeared in the written test and interview conducted under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The duration of the objective-type written test was 55 minutes followed by a 10-minute interview. The district planning officer had asked block education officers of all 24 blocks in the district to select three teachers from their respective blocks to appear in the written test and interview. However, of 72 teachers, 62 took part in the test and interview.
The written test comprised grammar, vocabulary and reading skills.
On the basis of the result of Friday’s written test and interview, which would be declared in the first week of September, master trainers would be selected. According to information, there is a plan to select a master trainer from each block. These trainers would guide their fellow teachers. After training, the teachers would be able to impart quality English education to students.”
The selected ones would be trained for 15 days in three phases of five days each.
The need to impart quality English teaching in the schools has been felt at state level under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Rahul Singh. District programme officer (secondary education) Rajni Ambashtha said that more details about the plan to impart English education to students of middle school is awaited.