To be introduced in Class VI and VII during academic year 2014-15

English medium sections in Class VI and VII will be introduced in 60 more government High and Higher Secondary Schools in Krishnagiri district during the next academic year (2014-15), said M. Ramasamy, Chief Education Officer here on Wednesday.

Mr. Ramasamy told The Hindu that the English medium classes in Standard VI and VII were introduced in 53 High and Higher Secondary Schools in Krishnagiri and Hosur Education Districts during the current academic year (2013-14).

As many as 701 students including 371 girls got admitted in Standard VI in government High and Higher Secondary schools across the two educational districts.

As per the instruction of the government, the English medium classes would be introduced in another 60 schools in standard VI and VII during the next academic year.

The headmasters of the schools were asked to conduct enrolment rally to create awareness among the parents and students and also issue pamphlets in around the residential colonies in the schools. Following this, a rally was taken out by the students and teachers of the Government High School in Samathuvapuram in Hosur on Tuesday.

The rally passed through Thillai Nagar, Meenakshi Nagar, Sampath Chetty Lay out, NGGOS Colony, Moovendar Nagar, Vinayakapuram, Thirupathy Nagar, Thirupathi Majestic, Hosur Valley and KCC Nagar, a press release from the Headmaster said.

The move to introduce English medium sections in government schools across Tamil Nadu follows an announcement made by the former School Education Minister N. R. Sivapathy in the Assembly.

This initiative seeks to give an option to students already enrolled in Tamil medium schools.

The decision was taken keeping in mind the current requirements at institutions of higher learning as well as the industry, an official in the school education department said.

Also, several children going to Tamil medium schools aspire to learn in English and speak the language fluently.

The craze for private schools, particularly among lower middle class groups, is mainly due to the preference for English medium education.

They will now be able to utilise the benefit from government schools, an official said.

Decision taken keeping in mind requirements at institutions

of higher learning

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