A 13-year-old boy from Bihar, Kumar Raja Babu, took the national news by storm when he writes to PM Modi regarding the poor educational condition in government aided schools in Bihar. In his letter, he urged the PM to implement English as compulsory subject while stretching on the importance of English in education system of the country.
“My father does not earn much and so we had to do our primary education from a government school in Bihar. The education in primary schools is not good in our state,” Kumar Raja Babu, son of a driver, said in his letter, as published in HT.
Excerpts from the boy’s letter:
- In his letter, he urged the PM for the implementation of English subject from class 1, as according to him, lack of proper English language will pose as a dire challenge for students in the near future when they get promoted to higher class
- Kumar Raja Babu also urged the PM to induct the pivotal need of English as a subject in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ initiative programme
- English subject is not a compulsory subject in Bihar and the meager marks scored by the students in English are less concerned and worried for both the teachers and the students.
While appreciating the pragmatic suggestion of the boy, one official from the education department said, “But unless the subject is made compulsory, the seriousness will never come both for the teachers and the taught.”
Effects on the state government:
- Following the letter received in February, the PMO forwarded the same to Bihar government and later referred the letter to the education department of the state
- In order to augment its education system, the education department has commence a proper training of teachers to identify and treat the deficiency in the English subject
- Meanwhile, the Bihar government stated that making English subject compulsory is not a feasible measure, as it could directly impact the students coming from the economically weaker section.
Bihar in has also witnessed efforts to make English compulsory, when the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) approached the state government to contemplate English as compulsory subject, as students may face difficulties in their higher studies and in finding a job.
Bihar Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (BLISS), which is a programme of the British Council, has been relentlessly making its efforts towards improving English subject across the schools in Bihar.