Tripura has 4,398 government and government-aided schools apart from 335 private schools in which around 5 lakh students are studying across the state Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura government is planning to start a ‘spoken English training project’- a pilot project in government and government-aided schools for the students of Class-XI under West district of Tripura, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking to EastMojo, Nath said that over 4,000 students from the West Tripura district would get the opportunity to attend six-month spoken English classes. This will ensure that the students get a good hold in the language to compete in different exams in the higher level.

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“The pilot project for six months, which was scheduled to start from April and continue till September could not start due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and closing of educational institutions in March. However, now with re-opening of educational institutes the training would start across all the schools,” Nath said.

He also said that out of the total schools in West district, 80 percent students studying in Bengali medium school would get the first preference, followed by 20 percent students from English medium schools.

“The implementation of the project across all eight districts would depend on the success of the pilot project targeted with 4,000 students from West Tripura. If the pilot project becomes successful, we will further start the same in all districts in different phases,” Nath added.

Speaking further, he said that the six-month course will provide 120 hours of training to the students. The classes will be held five days in a week with not more than 30 students in a single classroom would be allowed to attend the training program.

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“The supervision of the students would be done after completion of every 20 hours of class. The classes will be adjusted either before or after the school hours with coordination with the authorities concerned,” education minister said.

The department will do the evaluation of the students three times– before starting of the training classes, three months after completion of 50 percent classes and at the end of the training to see the results of the students.

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“The education department had floated the tenders to which two companies—Macmillan education India in Chennai and Academy for computer training in Gujarat have qualified the technical bid, while the financial bid will be floated later this month”, Nath added.

The school education department would provide infrastructure, while the teachers would be provided by the outsourcing companies for imparting spoken English classes to 4,000 students across the West district of Tripura. The students would receive a certificate at the end of the six months course.

Tripura has 4,398 government and government aided schools apart from 335 private schools in which around five lakh students are studying across the state.

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