English teachers in Punjab fail English language test !

bxxqfm59English school teachers in Punjab have failed a variety of English language tests including tenses, spellings, etc, resulting in a rebuke from Education Minister Dalit Singh Cheema.

The errors were demonstrated in the written replies of 220 teachers of government schools who were asked by the Education Board to explain the poor results of Grade 10 students in English in their schools.

The board called the teachers to a meeting in Mohali where Cheema was present, and when asked to speak in English most teachers left the minister fuming.

Various teachers presented their ideas and reasons for their poor English among them was that student mental levels are weak, and another said the school is situated in a remote area.

Concerned at the declining standards of education at the primary and secondary levels, Cheema said he has constituted a committee of educationists to chalk out a long-term plan to improve their language skills, the first task of which is to work out a crash course for the teachers.