To attract students to government primary schools, the Department of Public Instruction in Hassan district has worked out a strategy to strengthen Kannada-medium schools in Channarayapatna taluk.
The proposal includes providing select schools with necessary infrastructure, besides teaching English as a language from the first standard. “Our plan is to show that government schools are not inferior to private schools,” said DDPI A.T Chamaraj.
The State Government has identified 89 schools in Hassan for merger with nearby higher primary schools from the next academic year.
There are 27 primary schools in the taluk with strength of less than 10 in the current academic year. The department has worked out a proposal to develop them as model schools in a phased manner with State Government's funds and public contribution.
Among the 27 schools, a few would be selected to be developed as model schools. The students and teachers would be shifted to the nearest school selected. The expenditure to implement the programme would be nearly Rs. 1,500 per student. The amount is towards uniform for students as well as teachers, shoes, belts and transportation, wherever required.
The authorities have decided to introduce English workbook from first standard. This is in addition to what is being taught in schools since 2008. “We will depute trained teachers to these schools to teach basic English. We have also plans to rope in anganwadi centres in the experiment. If anganwadi teachers begin introducing English rhymes at anganwadi level, children will develop flair for the language,” Mr. Chamaraj said.
The authorities plan to launch the programme by November 14.
The DDPI said he chose Channarayapatna as the taluk for the experiment because the MLA, C.S Putte Gowda, was enthusiastic. Mr. Gowda said that rural children should also get access to learning English at the primary school level. “Those who hold flag for Kannada language medium send their children to private schools. Why can't our children get the same?” he asked.
The DDPI is expecting public contribution to implement the programme.