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Bhubaneswar: The state will introduce spoken English in Class 1 across all government schools from the coming session. Earlier, English was taught only from Class III.
“We have decided to introduce spoken English for students from Class I so that students improve their standards and be more competent. We are planning to give more importance to English and its teaching in 100 schools, which were selected to be developed as the Centre of Excellence in the state,” school and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash said in a review meeting at Nimapada in Puri district on Tuesday.
Dash added, “The decision has been taken so that parents also prefer these schools to English medium schools in the state. It is a worrying trend that most parents want to send their wards to English medium schools. Our teachers are competent enough.” Dash further said they would incorporate changes in the curriculum.
While parents welcomed the move, teachers are apprehensive about its implementation.
“It is a welcome step. Students will be able to speak English fluently, which is considered to be an important aspect in today’s world,” Subas Pradhan, a parent, said.
Khageswar Pal, secretary of the primary teachers association, said the government was only making announcements and not bothered about their implementation. “If it is implemented, it will be a boon for the students,” he added.
Some educationists said equal focus should be given on the Odia language and overall education system. “It is true that many students in Odia medium schools fear subjects like english and maths but focus on English may not be of much help. The government should give more emphasis on quality teaching instead,” Ratnakar Panda, a retired headmaster, said.

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