Allowing English to be accessible to the poor people is a social justice, says Dr Birbal Jha

New Delhi: “Making English as compulsory from the primary level itself will, undoubtedly, bring about a radical and revolutionary change in the state wherein English is currently taught from class 6, says Dr Birbal Jha, British Lingua MD, while lauding chief minister’s effort to push in for English education in government schools across the state. 

Uttar Pradesh is one of the cow-belt states where the socialist group, the Lohiites, spearheaded Angrezi hatao (drive away English) movement in early 70s.

As things turned out in later on period, in one instance, which was widely reported then, English typewriters were thrown out of office at the instruction of Lohia follower and the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. As such a knee-jerk reaction was destined to fail; Uttar Pradesh was relegated virtually to a non-performing state in terms of employment in the job market. 

Today, Yogi Adityanath completes one month as UP Chief Minister As expected, within this brief span, he has hit the ground running with several pro-people initiatives. Education is one of the top priorities of the Yogi government.  Suffice it to say that this is one area in which the state has been pushed back thanks to lack of clear policy by the previous governments. However, as part of a broader overhaul of education system and keep it above any subaltern nationalism and ideology, Yogi has taken a bold step to introduce English in government schools from nursery instead of Class 6. 

Dr Jha, who is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book ‘English for Social Justice in India’, lauds CM’s sagacity on English education and says that allowing English to be accessible at early stage and even to the poor people is a social justice. The move will positively impact not only in terms of knowledge, job prospect and living but also people’s per capita income in the state as English is a window to the world today.

Dr Jha has always been in the forefront to equip the youths with soft skills and sensing the socio-economic need for English communication skills, he founded British Lingua in 1993 and since then he has been striving assiduously to take English even to the lowest strata of society. He has pioneered the concept of “English for All” to bring in an equitable distribution of knowledge to each and everyone. English in India has played the role of an emancipator and it’s time we recognized its efficacy.

Impressed by its performance, British Lingua was also empanelled by the Government of Bihar to implement the first Spoken English Skills project for Mahadalit (the poorest of the poor) youths with an aim to enhance their employability skills. This collaborative partnership succeeded in imparting over 30,000 of youths from the lowest strata to come out from deprivation and poverty. In a letter to chief minister, British Lingua has offered its services for similar project in Uttar Pradesh, informs Dr Jha.

Needless to say, under the dynamic leadership of Yogi, the state is poised to emerge as an important education hub in India and the decision to include English from primary level will bring in cheers to the people of the state.

Sanchar Express News Desk