Why are DU English teachers afraid of losing their jobs? | Podcast in the spotlight

Dr. Maya John tells us about the DU’s omission of English from credit courses as part of the UGCF, and how this has affected several teachers as well as students.

Dr. Maya John tells us about the DU’s omission of English from credit courses as part of the UGCF, and how this has affected several teachers as well as students.

Delhi University’s English professors are angry. They are upset that under the undergraduate curriculum in line with the National Education Policy (UGCF), their workload is expected to be drastically reduced – up to a third. In other words, many of these teachers, who are one-time employees, could be fired.

Delhi is a city full of family-run establishments promising to improve your “English communication skills” in 30 days or less – a clear indication of a market for teaching English. How to explain then that, in such a state, hundreds of highly qualified English teachers are facing mass unemployment? How will the removal of English from Ability Building Courses (AEC) impact students in the North East and international students? What are the implications of this development in terms of language policy and the political economy of publicly funded higher education?

Guest: Dr Maya John, Faculty of History, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

Host: G. Sampath, Social Affairs Editor, The Hindu

Edited by Sharmada Venkatasubramanian

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