To improve teachers’ English proficiency and provide fair employment conditions for students in the city’s schools, the government of Andhra Pradesh has partnered with the University of Cambridge to train teachers and students.
The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government is reforming the education sector by introducing English as a medium of instruction in all public schools and gradually converting all Telugu universities into English schools while continuing to teach. The state govt has said native Telugu as a compulsory subject.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday between the University of Cambridge and the Andhra Pradesh Department of Urban Development to provide teachers and students of the urban department with English education. The MoU was signed by Vijay Kumar, Municipal Government Commissioner, on behalf of TK Arunachalam, Regional Director, University of Cambridge, South Asia.
The programme trains 12,378 teachers who work with students in state city schools to improve their English skills. A total of 14 language labs will be installed in 13 districts of the state. There are also science and math courses.
Over 8,000 teachers have already taken a 30-day course on teaching various subjects in English and have passed the Cambridge Assessment English Test. The other 4,000 are in formation. Three studios will be installed in Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and Vijayawada. The didactic material is prepared by teachers from all municipal schools and made available to children through these studies.