Monday, November 23, 2009

Nitish to take spoken English course for girls to other areas

Continuing with his women-oriented schemes, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided to replicate in other areas a plan that gives English-speaking training to girl students of Classes VI, VII and VIII in Patna-district government schools.

Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) Special Project Director Rajesh Bhushan said the idea behind the six-month programme, started in September, was “to instill confidence in rural girls”, who otherwise have very little exposure to urban surroundings or a convent education.

Run after school hours, the spoken English course is optional and has no bearing on the annual examination. It teaches girls the basics of English grammar, encouraging them to speak confidently. Bhusan said the response so far had been very encouraging.

Once these girl students have been given a test at the end of the course by third party, the viability of extending the course in other districts will be clear.

Source : The Indian Express