Students stay away from soft skills programme in government schools

For government school students,English language does not seem to evoke much interest.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 14, 2009 1:39 am

For government school students,English language does not seem to evoke much interest. Even after two years,the ambitious C-TOSS (Teaching of Soft Skills) programme has failed to garner a positive response in schools. With only a limited number of students going for it,the English language teaching programme remains just an ‘option’ for them. 

While the main objective of C-TOSS is to make students fluent in English apart from polishing their soft skills and personality,teachers as well as principals confirm that not many students are attending the course.

“Classes are held for two months and the response received till now is not too good. Of a class of 80 students,hardly 50 per cent students show interest in it. Soft skills are required in every field these days but the response C-TOSS has been getting says a completely different story,” said a teacher of Government Model High School,Sector 20.

Attributing the low response to the lack of interest and awareness,a principal said,“Students are not showing too much interest because they do not understand the significance of having a good command over language and impressive communication skills. Moreover,the time duration also plays a spoilsport. It is impossible to teach the finer nuances of a language in just two months. A child only becomes familiar with the subject in this duration.”

While the model schools are still getting a lukewarm response to C-TOSS,the non-model schools,are yet to open up to the idea of learning English and soft skills. “Though we have tried to tell students about the benefits of the course,not many are coming forward for it. The students are yet to overcome the discomfort they share with English,” said a principal of a non-model school.

Confirming that students are unaware of the importance that the course holds in the present times,Director Public Instructions (Schools) Samwartak Singh said: “Students lack awareness regarding the course. The department understands the importance of sensitising the students about the benefits of C-TOSS. We will be holding a meeting of principals to discuss the steps that can be taken to implement the course in true spirit.”

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