Schools under municipal corporations of East Delhi and North Delhi will adopt English as the medium of teaching for all subjects from the next academic session.
East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (EDMC) Education Committee chairman Himanshi Pandey said, “All 365 schools under the purview of EDMC will introduce English as the compulsory medium of instruction for students of nursery and Class I, and optional for other classes”.
“It might be be difficult for students already learning in Hindi to switch. So we will have the option of Hindi for classes other than nursery,” she said, adding, “The idea is to gradually make it completely English medium.” According to her, the decision will help the students in their higher studies.
The North civic body of national capital has 765 schools, EDMC has 365 and SDMC has 581 schools under their jurisdiction — till Class V. After Class V, those studying in MCD schools migrate to schools under the Delhi government.
South Delhi Municipal Corporation has already announced that all schools under its purview will have one section each in nursery and Class I, which would use English as the medium of instructions. Students in over 1,700 government schools across the city will now have the option to learn in English medium.
North Delhi mayor Preety Aggarwal said, “We already have some schools where we are teaching in English but our target is to make English the medium of instruction in at least one section in all schools.”
The North civic body introduced English as the medium of instruction in one section each in around 30 schools in 2013 that gradually been increased to one section each in around 100 more schools.
A senior official of East Corporation said one of the main reasons behind the high dropout rate in municipal schools is also that they do not have English medium. “If the financial condition of a parent improves, he/she generally prefers to send the child to a private school,” he said.