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Schools At Pune To Have 'Semi English' As A Medium

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Semi English As A Medium Of Instruction
Pune, Maharashtra: Students in these regions are seen shifting to English Medium schools leaving the Marathi Schools behind. Their focus is turning towards the English language, which is today's fast and compulsory medium for instruction in schools and colleges.

Hence, in order to overcome the leaving behind of Marathi Schools the PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) is now in process of introducing the "Semi-English" medium of instruction in all its 200 schools starting from Class 1 onwards.

The main focus of introducing such change is to teach selected subjects in English Language. At present, only 25-30 schools have accepted to follow this approach of teaching. To make it complete process, the Education board is also planning to set up a basic infrastructure needed to implement the proposal from the next academic year.

An senior education board official said "The proposal will be taken up for discussion in next education board meeting. We has invited feedback from the schools and almost all the schools have given a positive responses".

The Chief of Education Board Shivaji Daundkar said "All the Schools will have two divisions each, one for students who learn subjects in Marathi and other under this new plan. The worrying trend of increasing dropout rates in Marathi medium schools run by the PMC was discussed in a recent meeting where all school authorities and school boards official had participated".

To make it a deep study, the PMC had conducted a survey to study on how many teachers can be shifted to teach under the new system.

"Our criteria for a teacher to qualify for teaching the Semi-English students is that he/she should have passed class 12 and clearedd their B.Ed in English Medium. We need the teachers to have good command over the language so that the students benefit from the change of medium", added Daundkar.

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