The Hush Post: In a novel idea, the Haryana Education Department has launched ”I am not afraid of English” initiative in government schools at the primary level. It has been done to keep the children away from low self-esteem when they face the outside world and to keep them on par with children studying in private schools.
The teachers will help the students to learn, read, write and speak English, an Education Department spokesman said. One JBT (junior basic teacher) and one BRP (Block Resource Person) per block have been trained to make the students learn one sentence every day (minimum 20 per month for 10 months) in each class. An NCERT booklet containing 1,000 commonly used sentences and phrases has been prepared.
Each year kids will learn about 200 sentences, so by the time the child is in Class V, he would have learnt about 1,000 sentences in the primary classes.
Six language labs have also been established in select Model Sanskriti Schools in Haryana to facilitate use of computers and improve the listening and speaking skills of students. More such labs will be set up later in other schools, Rajnarayan Kaushik, Director, Elementary Education, told mediapersons.
An NGO ‘Humane People to People India’ is helping the government in this initiative.
In some government schools, children in Classes I and II have been provided lockers so that they do not have to carry bags to schools everyday. More number of government schools would be covered under the initiative during the year 2018-19, the official added.