Karnataka government recruits 1,715 English teachers for schools: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday that the state government was in the process of recruiting 1,715 teachers to teach English in public schools. He said the government was committed to teaching children in rural areas English, which was now important in global communication.

The Karnataka government had issued an order in October to introduce English-medium classes in 1,000 primary schools in the state from a standard class. Responding to a question from Umesh Kotian of the BJP, during question time at the assembly, regarding the steps taken to teach in English from the next academic year, Kumaraswamy said he was aware of the constraints of the teaching in English. Those eligible to teach in English would be named after a selection test.

He said the selected teachers would receive a 15-day entry-level training from the Regional Institute of Education (RIE), after which they would have a video conference with the institute every month. In response to another question, Kumaraswamy said that adequate textbooks and smart classroom facilities would be provided to teach in English, with the help of the state Department of Educational Research and Training (DSERT) .