Delhi Govt school teachers to be equipped with Eng speaking skills

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) In a measure aimed at bridging further the gap between Government and the public schools in Delhi, the Delhi Government today embarked on a programme aimed at improving the English language skills of the teachers and students of Government schools in the city.

A total of 4000 teachers of English and students of Delhi Government schools will be empowered through the 'Teacher Development Programme 2008', launched by the state Government in collaboration with the British Council.

Speaking at a function to launch the programme, Delhi Education Minister Aravinder Singh said the programme aimed at enhancing the English language methodology of the teachers as well as language proficiency of the teachers and students by training teachers to adopt the present curriculum and make it more activity based and learner centred.

''It also aims to create more opportunities in the classroom for speaking in English, a need greatly felt by the students,'' Mr Singh said at the function, where education secretary Reena Ray was also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Reena Ray said,''in the past few years, Government schools in Delhi have been making a rapid progress in terms of their academic performance and their result percentage.

The only field where Government school students and teachers felt they were lagging behind is in their English language ability. The new programme is aimed at fulfilling this lacunae.'' The first phase of the training programme was conducted from August 4 to 22. A cascade model of training has been adopted for the programme.

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