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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Spoken English programme will be introduced for students from Class I in all schools across Odisha soon, informed State School and Mass Education (S&ME) Minister Samir Dash.

A decision regarding this has been taken keeping in view the keenness among parents and guardians of students for English education of their wards. Besides, stress will be given on English education in 100 Schools of Excellency located in different districts.

“Guardians of students are keen to see their wards learn English right from the beginning of their elementary education. While the English curriculum was being introduced from Class III earlier, now we have decided to launch spoken English from Class I. It will help students learn English much better and also improve their fundamentals right from the foundation. Focus will be given to English curriculum in 100 Schools of Excellency,” Dash said.

Attending a review meeting at Nimapara in Puri district, the minister further said efforts are being made by the S&ME department to make the attendance system of students as well as teachers online.

Headmasters of 294 schools, cluster resource centre coordinators (CRCCs), block education officers and circle officers, among others attended the review meeting. As many as 19 keys issues including Mo Sarkar, matriculation examination, utilisation of government funds and renovation of schools affected by cyclone Fani were discussed during the review meeting.


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