Teach Students English: State Education Minister

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Kolkata: West Bengal State Education minister Partha Chatterjee urged the private engineering colleges to have a six week crash course in English for their students to crack a good job.

“In foreign countries every student has to undergo a six week course in English. I will suggest that you should also think along a similar line and do a six week course in English soon after the students take admission. If they are not conversant in English, it will be difficult for them to crack job interviews,” Chatterjee said at Education Interface.

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The state Education minister regretted the withdrawal of English by the erstwhile Left Front government from elementary education.Chatterjee said the Mamata Banerjee government wanted students to excel globally and hence the stress on English.

Partha Chatterjee said that the government is trying to set in place an infrastructure of English medium schools, besides Bengali medium in the state. The state, he said, was also setting up English medium schools.

“For over a decade-and-a-half English was not taught at the primary level eroding the bases of a generation of students. These courses, therefore, would help students face their job interviews better,” Chatterjee said at a job-fair organised by private engineering colleges at the Netaji Indoor stadium on Sunday.

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