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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 6:48 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 6:48 AM (IST)

Nearly 3,000 schools to go English medium

Initiative part of ‘bagless school’ project; launched in 238 schools last year
Nearly 3,000 schools to go English medium
Under the bagless concept, focus is on extra-curricular activities.

Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14

The pilot project of the state government to introduce English medium from Class-I will be expanded to close to 3,000 schools from 2019-20.

Last year, the project was launched in 238 schools but this year it will be implemented in 2,978 schools; 25 schools in all 119 blocks in urban areas of the state.

“English medium from Class-I is a part of bagless school initiative of the education department. The introduction of English medium has increased the acceptance of bagless schools,” said Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, PK Das.

He added, “The idea is to increase the communication skills of the students in English. But it will not help in rural schools as later it could create problems in understanding the subjects. We want to promote the concept in urban primary schools. The urban parents can support the initiative.”

In the bagless schools, the students of Class-I and Class-II participate in extra-curricular activities such as games, painting and drawing. “We want that students shouldn’t carry bags till Class-III. Such schools will reduce the burden of books,” said Das.

The schools’ selection process criteria will include separate teachers for each class and a full staff as a lot of activity has to be done. There will be provision for pigeonhole for students to keep their books before leaving for home. “A PC and TV are required in such schools along with furniture for students and for joint activity. An amount of Rs 70,000 per school is required,” said Das.

This year, the education department has proposed a budget of Rs 37.48 crore for the bagless schools project before the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Communication skills 

The idea is to increase the communication skills of the students in English. We want to promote the concept in urban primary schools. The urban parents can support the initiative. — PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education 

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