The Municipal Corporation of Mumbai has joined hands with the British Council to train its school teachers on how to teach English.
In his budget speech on 05 February, the Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte said, ''An MOU has been signed with British council for training 9,600 MCGM teachers during next five years starting from 2013-14 to 2017-18. Under this programme every teacher is given 20 days training per year for two years. Currently training of 2,400 teaches has started''.
With the start of the current year 2014, the municipal corporation of Mumbai (BMC) introduced a semi-English pattern of instructions for its schools, and hence wants its teachers to be well versed in imparting English.
The new pattern has been introduced in only 177 schools to begin with. This initiative has brought in positive results with the increased number of enrollment in many of these schools, said Kunte in his speech, adding that the Semi English pattern of instructions has been proposed to be mandated in all the 1,150 schools but in a phase every year during next five years.
As per this new pattern, Mathematics and Science are to be taught in English language, and the remaining subject will be taught in the local dialect.