RSS schools plan to teach in English

Date: 21 May 2008


RSS schools plan to teach in English

By Amita Verma

Lucknow, May 20: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is finally shedding its conservative image and is opening up to the needs of the modern world.

The Sangh is planning to adopt English as a medium of education in its schools and for this it has organised a camp in Mathura to educate its teachers in English.

Teachers from 12 branches of Saraswati Shishu Mandirs in the "Brij Kshetra" are now attending the workshop, which runs for four hours daily.

Mr Thakur Das, a RSS functionary in charge of the Shishu Mandirs, says that the workshop is meant to help teachers upgrade and polish their knowledge of English.

"We want our teachers to be confident in the subject before they start teaching students from the next academic session. Most of our teachers comes from a Hindi medium background and are not fluent in English," he explains.

The instructors at the workshop are using the interactive method to help teachers shed their hesitation in conversing in English.

"The majority of the teachers here have a very basic working knowledge of English and we are encouraging them to speak in English so that we can point out the grammatical flaws. However, most of them are very keen to learn and this makes the task easier," said one of the instructors.

A senior RSS functionary told this correspondent that the decision to introduce English as a subject in the Saraswati Shishu Mandirs was taken after considerable deliberation by the Sangh Parivar.

"We had parents telling us that their children suffered a major handicap because they were not proficient in English. With globalisation and increased competition, our students were being left behind in the race merely because they were not good at English. We decided that we would now focus on English  without giving up our traditional curriculum  so that our students can compete with the rest," he said.

Parents, meanwhile, have welcomed the Sangh decision to allow English as a medium of instructions in the schools. "We prefer the Saraswati Shishu Mandir because it inculcates traditional Hindu values in the child, but without English our children faced a certain handicap. Now with English forming a part of syllabus, we feel that children will get complete education in these schools," said Mr Prem Nath Tripathi, whose three sons study in the Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Lucknow.

Each nation has an identity and destiny. As far as Bharat is concered, 
Hindu is its identity and religion is its way of working 
- Swami Vivekananda