Hyderabad city is flooded by many schools with international tags, high standard and quality education but schools' authorities are unhappy when it comes down to quality of local teachers. Due to lack of expertise among local teachers, the authorities of schools have decided to pull in teachers from foreign countries.
This is not the first time that any Indian school is opting for international teachers. In fact, many schools of the country have roped in teachers from United kingdom, the United States of America and other countries around the world. The main motive behind this switch over from Indian to international teaching is to give students a real international exposure with the global touch.
"A language cannot be taught only by reading and writing the script, which is the focus in most institutes. When I joined the school four years ago, the students here fared poorly in pronunciation and usage of words possibly because of the teaching style," says Dr. Sophie Peralba, French teacher and middle school coordinator at Indus international.
She added further "students then had no awareness about French culture and the country, an integral part of learning a foreign language."
"Parents in Hyderabad are very particular academics and language is an important part of any school curriculum. They want their kids to pick up the right aspects of the language from the young age itself," says Celine Ganier, French national and former teacher at Sancta Maria International School.
Monetary incentive for these teachers is a fair bit as according to the visa norms of the Indian government, English teachers have to be earning $ 25,000 per annum to be eligible for a visa, an amount that schools are willing to shell out if it means their students get the edge.
Schools' officials says "many of the local teachers cannot even draft an official letter in English without marring it with grammatical errors."