In preparation for a visit by UK Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday, students at the Government Higher Primary School in Tarahunise village near Yelahanka in north Bengaluru have been brushing up their English for a week now.
The school in the semi-rural area, where students once struggled to learn English, was in 2012 adopted by Stonehill International School run by the realty firm Embassy Group.
May will attend a science seminar at the school. Later, she will watch an air display featuring IAF and British RAF aircraft.
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According to school authorities, May’s visit has been arranged by the UK embassy and the Embassy Group. The school, which earlier had Kannada as the medium of instruction, has seen a growth in the number of students after it was developed by the Embassy Group.
“The number of admissions in the school was dropping five years ago, but things changed after the Embassy group developed it,” said a teacher. “We have 10 teachers from the government’s side and four from Stonehill school,” said school headmistress M Shobhadevi.
Students have been practising a welcome message for May. “We will welcome her by saying ‘good morning Ma’am’. We will say ‘good morning all’ if there are a lot of people,” said Class VI student Narasimha R.
“Our teachers have told us to behave well during the visit. Teachers have chosen two-three students to maintain order during her visit,” said another student Avinash B.
“It will all be over in 30 minutes. They told us not to organise any cultural programme,” said a teacher.