Cambridge to train AP municipal students, teachers in English


The Andhra Pradesh Urban Development Department inked a pact with UK’s prestigious University of Cambridge on Thursday to train teachers and students in English.

“As per the memorandum of understanding, University of Cambridge will provide training to teachers and students under the municipal department in order to improve English language proficiency,” said an official statement.

This programme is limited to the teachers and students under the municipal department.

Municipal administration commissioner Vijay Kumar signed the agreement on behalf of the government with T.K. Arunachalam, University of Cambridge’s regional director for South Asia, in the presence of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The AP government has already introduced English as the language of instruction in government schools to better equip students in an environment of globalisation.

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  1. I thought they are going to train on all aspects of better teaching and really appreciated the efforts.

    But if it’s only about teaching English then all the credibility of this initiative is not going to really fruitful. Firstly if the teachers learn English now and then teach, it’s not going to effective at all to the students. Recruiting English teachers would have been more effective. Why the govt doesn’t want to do that?

    Secondly English is not the only thing that will improve the education system. There are lot more things like that could be improved in how the students are taught. Instead of focusing on the real things which matter, it’s diluted to teach just English and expecting to change the education system.

    • Sorry ! But I don’t agree with you. You don’t have to teach teachers who are already experienced in teaching on how to teach. This exercise or MOU is to teach them in English. Knowing on how the curriculum works in England, I am guessing the Cambridge University would do the gap analysis and come up with a course material that fills the gap.

      • Are you saying that except for English govt schools and teachers are good in all aspects?

        And you really think teachers who have been teaching in telugu for decades can be easily taught English? How many people you know learnt english after 30 years, and that too good enough to teach others?

        Whatever gaps you are guessing, there are quite a lot of them. And teaching English would be hardly in the top 5(as per my view). Anyway, My point was also that they would find the gaps and work on them. But now it has been decided they would be engaged only to teach English and not the way you are guessing… Or the way, I thought would happen.


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