Students’ English Marks Suffer in Golahalli Govt. School without Teacher
By Anirudh Chakravarthy
Bangalore, October 10: For the past four years, the post of the English teacher in Golahalli government school has been vacant, resulting in a dip in the number of students passing in English.
T.Geetha, the Head Mistress, says that there has been a drop in the pass percentage of the students. “Last year, 79 per cent Kannada medium students and 86 per cent English medium students passed in English. The year before, around 79- 83 per cent Kannada medium students and close to 85 per cent English medium students passed. When the post was occupied, the pass percentage was consistently around 90 per cent for students of both mediums,” she said.
She has been writing letters to several officials. “I have been sending letters and complaining every year since the post was vacated; we even asked an MLA’s help, but to no avail,” she added.
K.Shivayogi, the science teacher, and P.Leena, the PC (Physics and Chemistry) teacher, have been the unofficial part-time substitute teachers sharing periods for English. “There are about 300 students for us to teach here. My workload has gone up. However, I’m doing full justice to my role,” said Shivayogi.
Only two students could barely communicate in English; Shivayogi had said they were the brightest students in the subject. . V.Chaitanya, a fifth standard student, said, “I helping my friends study; they are English weak(sic).”
Another eighth standard student, R.Balaji, said, “Problems are in there when students are weak in English (sic).”
The students are clearly unable to communicate. With their poor language skills, they’ll suffer when they pursue higher education in the future. We complained to ST.Somshekar, the MLA of the Yeshwantpur constituency, and also Kusumu Shivamadhayya, the Deputy
Director of the Sarvajanik Shikshan Ilake, but there has been no action.”
Vikas Nag Tasaka, an English teacher in King’s Learning- an English teaching academy in Bommanahalli, said, “Children these days must grow with the language, not just for their careers, but also to be accepted in the society. If they do not get a proper English education at a young age, they’ll struggle when they’re adults.
That’s why it’s imperative that government schools have an English teacher to groom them with the right pronunciation and grammar, so that they can pursue higher studies without problems.”
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