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It’s Greek to us...
...Or rather, English is Greek to us!
26/06/2008

There is no doubt that Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s vision is far-fetched. His predecessor, Jyoti Basu, the England educated barrister, dropped English from the curriculum of state-run schools way back in 1984. Buddhadeb fortunately realised the need of an English-educated West Bengal, something which students from Bengal would need to compete at a national level. But unfortunately, even this has received opposition from the Left Front constituents. RSP supreme Khiti Goswami also expressed apprehension on implementing this policy in haste. He also opined that opinions of academicians, teachers & experts should be considered.

Maharashtra government had introduced English medium schools seven years back, and another left-ruled state Kerala, is introducing it from this academic year. India, being an English speaking country, has an enviable position in the world. Today more and more people are opting for English medium schools to educate their children. South India especially has a lead in this case where 60% of English-medium schools are located in the country.

If Partha De, Education Minister, West Bengal succeeds in the implementation of the policy in Bengal, it will prove a boon for the lower and middle income groups. Surely education receives only 2.5% of total budgetary allocation (the figure for developed nations being 6-7.5%) and moves like these are critical...

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