December 2009

Early Introduction of English in State-Funded Schools

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Despite bitter experiences of introducing English in standard-I in state-funded schools in some of the states of India (e.g. Punjab and Bihar a few years ago) English continues to be introduced in standard-I. At present roughly fifty per cent of the states and union territories of India (Andaman Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Sikkim, Pondicherry and Manipur) have introduced. English as a subject in classes-I and II, and the remaining in classes 3 – 5.

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