British Council, UNICEF to train teachers in English

By Vidhya Shree

Bhopal: Education Department of Madhya Pradesh will train its school teachers in English. For this initiative the education department is set to launch a pilot project from Ujjain. The teachers will be trained in English with support of British Council and UNICEF.

State board schools are lagging behind in English and even their students are not proficient in the language which also hampers their prospects in the future. To rectify the problem, school education minister Paras Jain recently announced that English would be introduced from class I but the biggest challenge is that MP board schools lack good teachers for English.

For this, Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) of the department has prepared to launch the project first from minister's district in Ujjain after which once it is successful, it will be implemented in the entire state.

British Council, UNICEF train teachers in English

Kamlesh Sharma, director ELTI (English language training institute) of RSK told TOI, "We had invited application for master trainers. Now their interviews would be held from December 8 to 12. A team of British Council has arrived in Ujjain. After their selection, training would be done in two batches."

English teachers are highly lacking in the state. In high school and higher secondary level, of the 273 sanctioned posts, only 14 have been filled while 259 are vacant. This information was previously provided by minister Jain in Vidhan Sabha to MLA Shailendra Jain's written question.

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