India, June 2016. Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye!
Let’s face it. You may have graduated in engineering, you might have done MBA, MCA, or any other program, yet you are not going to get a good job until you are proficient in the English language! English is not our national language, but it has taken the status of our professional language.
After our country got independence, the government then thought that it would slowly phase out the language, but that was not the case. It remained with us as an associated language alongside other languages. Today, though there is a minor opposition, English is widely used in higher education and in the government as a means of communication.
Strangely, this has resulted in the hybridization of English. Indian English is known as Hinglish and Pakistani English is known as Pinglish. They are known for their strange oddities.
With the advent of call centers and globalization in India, a new form of English called the neutral English had emerged. This is more close to the American English which is globally accepted. American English remains more or less the global business language now.
When we consider the state of English in India, there is a belief that English is transformative. Both in rural and urban areas, it is believed that English is not just a skill. It is a symbol of prosperity, better life, and a way out of poverty. With such a huge aspiration associated with the English language, teachers of English language face a lot of pressure.
The language education in the Indian education policy is more or less defined by the constitutional mandates. The NCERT recognizes this need and says that “English is a symbol quality education.”
Despite this status given to the English language in India, there is disparity in the education system. There are schools that are English language rich and schools that are English language poor.
The Central Advisory Board on Education decided that there would be three languages, the mother tongue/regional language, national langue and English. This is implemented both in private and government schools; however, there is a difference in the quality of education.
Now, what this means to the students is that though students are good at their core subjects they do not get jobs as they don’t have proficiency in English. Moreover, English is learnt better in the school level than in later stages. This seriously hampers the employability of these students.
According to a report by Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy, it has been found out that English proficiency leads to 34% better employment. It also stated that only 20% of the population can speak in English and only 4% percent has proficiency.
This poses a serious question to the English language training in our country. Parents have to consider this fact and have to make an effort to join their children in schools that impart good English language training.
Right from the stages of elementary education, the schools have to ensure that English language is given equal importance so that students are ready in later stages of life for jobs. Enrolment Desk is a proper platform for parents to find the best schools for their children. The academic year is approaching and it is the right time for searching for that perfect school. Log on to our website and find the best school!