The two year project of British Council and State Education Department of Bihar, Bihar Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (BLISS), may expand and cover the teachers of middle school as well. Department and the council, both are planning to stretch their hand from secondary to middle school.
While addressing the press conference, held at BC's stall at Patna Book Fair on Friday, Sara Pearson, head of English for Education System (EES) at British Council says "Under the BLISS project for teacher training, 200 teacher educator have trained 1,200 teachers of the secondary schools in the state till date and the move is to train all teachers of the secondary schools."
She also appreciated and applauded the talent of the students, by saying "students here are keen to learn English and have incredible grasping capacity. They show great interest in learning proper grammatically correct English rather than learning the language for just hack of it."
Michael Connolly, Assistant Director English Partnerships, British Council says "the project will improve the quality of instruction and ultimately raise the level of English proficiency among both teachers and learners in the state, enabling the Bihar government to achieve its reform agenda."
Sujata Sen, the director of British Council, also shared her thoughts "BLISS address the needs of teacher educators, teachers, learners, and the wider community in Bihar by providing access to high quality teaching and learning material as well as increased awareness of the value of English employability. It aims to aid the Bihar Government in devising a coherent, high quality and sustainable model for teacher development at the secondary level."