West Bengal: First State-run school to introduce English-medium Teaching, says Chatterjee

Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal Education Minister by The Indian Express

According to the West Bengal’s Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, a state-run school will be the first school to introduce English medium teaching, and it will be ensured that the fees will be affordable for every section of the society to reach.

Chatterjee asked all the parents to enroll their children to government schools instead of private schools that charge a huge amount of fees.

“Parents should have faith in the academic standard of the state-run institutions. It will encourage the government to open more English-medium schools in Bengal,” he said. The TMC government has framed policies to ensure quality education in the schools, the minister said Sunday.

Last month, it was reported that the government approved this to 65 state-run schools to introduce English-medium teaching.

After providing with the approval to higher secondary schools to introduce English- medium teaching, the education minister said, “Charging Rs 10,000 for buying a laptop, another Rs 5,000 for an excursion – such trends in schools lead to an unnecessary burden on parents.”

He also announced that the government will seek professors practicing in higher educational institutions to deliver lectures in these schools.

“The state has recruited 1 lakh teachers at primary and secondary levels. Add to that, we will arrange for exchange programmes between teachers of private and state-run schools,” he said.

Commenting on the disadvantages suffered through the Left Front Government who banned English-medium teaching in all state-run schools, the TMC Leader said,  “We have to mend the damages caused by the erstwhile dispensation’s decision. It will take time, but we will achieve our goal.”

In order to enhance the education standards in the state, Chatterjee said that the government is adopting various measures to impart coaching and training to IAS-IPS exam aspirants.

“Due to a faulty policy of the previous regime, the number of IAS/IPS candidates from West Bengal is negligible,” he added.

 

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