What the TOI group thru its Teach India program currently undergoing and the Teach India Fellowship 2009 we are talking about is doing is a unique initiative which amply demonstrates the social concern of the group. Yet, there is one thing in particular that I found a bit disturbing. It is as regards the criteria suggested by the Group for the candidate to be fluent in English. The reason given is that they will have to interact with English medium schools. My contention is- Can't the same study be done for Hindi medium schools as well? Should it not be extended to the other regional language schools, particularly the more prominent ones? There are very good schools teaching in these languages as well. They are performing no lesser than the English medium schools. So, if we have to learn Education and Educative means, we shall go and seek information and knowledge from those schools as well. It will not only broaden the future coarse of action of this program, it would be more holisticl. The unnecessary domination of English as an educational language would also be curtailed to some extent. I hope, this suggestion and viewpoint would be agreed upon by you.
Amitabh Thakur, SP(Intll), IPS Faizabad
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