Pay attention to the language: the Andhra stand “English compulsory for UG” is pragmatic

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Equally important, the set of students of Telugu origin who opted for the same medium at UG level in 2020-2021 only represented a quarter of the pool that joined the courses, and the state government says that most Telugu- average students entering UG courses have themselves opted for teaching English.

One would have thought that the decision of the government of Andhra Pradesh to make English the language of instruction for all undergraduate courses (except, of course, language subjects) would have been welcomed. On the contrary, critics argue that it would leave many students, especially from rural areas and economically weaker sections who are likely to have been educated in middle Telugu schools so far, at a serious disadvantage. Forcing these students to switch to English so late in their studies, fear critics, may result in suboptimal learning compared to the students’ actual proficiency and aptitude.

Given the rapid gains in linguistic and political controversies, opposition parties, including the BJP, have also sought to position the decision as an attack on Telugu culture. However, the facts are that the language of instruction in postgraduate courses is English, and the state government has maintained that Telougou will remain a compulsory subject at school level for students to learn the language. Indeed, the argument of the late lag against the decision seems counterintuitive, because continuing with Telugu as the language of instruction at UG level would further delay the lag for a set of students; this would amount to an indirect control of the teaching of the PG. Equally important, the set of students of Telugu origin who opted for the same medium at UG level in 2020-2021 only represented a quarter of the pool that joined the courses, and the state government says that most Telugu- average students entering UG courses have themselves opted for teaching English.

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 calls for teaching the mother of a child in the early years; as far as possible, the language of instruction up to grade V — and even up to grade VIII — should be the mother tongue or the local or regional language. A 2016 study published in Science Direct that found significant gains in learning outcomes from early childhood education delivered in the mother tongue would make a strong case for the NEP position. But, there are equally strong arguments for teaching in English in recent years. It is de facto the language of employment for white collar workers.

ASER’s results over the years show just how handicapped English language learning in public schools is, meaning that if students are not forced to take it up again as they approach school. employment, persistent disability will have an impact on prospects. Indeed, in Karnataka, teachers are resisting a decision to reduce the years of learning English at undergraduate level from the current three years to one, citing the impact on student employability.

A study by Aimee Chin, a US-based labor economist, and others (published by the University of Chicago Press) shows that fluency in English leads to a difference of up to 34% in hourly wages of Indian men, the advantage increasing proportionally with the degree of relative fluidity. English skills are likely to become much more important in the future; IT industry experts Remi Abere and Panos Constantinides recently wrote in the MIT Sloan Management Review that for future jobs in the tech industry, fluency in English, among other things, will become as essential as technical training. . The state, of course, must ensure that students receive all the support they need to switch from Telugu to English.

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