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J&K Government have decided to introduce English as compulsory subject from class 1st in all government and non-government schools in Jammu and Kashmir. This decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Announcing the decisions of the cabinet, the Chief Secretary, Dr. Sudhir S. Bloeria said that at present the English language is being taught in the government schools from 6th class. Now it will be taught as a subject right from class 1st from the next academic session with the existing staff.
"The J&K Board of School Education" has also been recommending introduction of English language in government schools right from class 1st and it has already prepared a series of new books on teaching of English language from class 1st to 8th.Dr. Bloeria said that the cabinet unanimously passed a resolution requesting the central government to include Dogri language into the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
There are 10609 government primary schools with 22300 teachers. Besides there are 1365 private primary schools in the state. The decision to introduce English from 1st primary has been taken as it has been found that ignorance of English becomes a major handicap for students at later stage when the course content in most of the subjects is available only in English. It is because of this factor also many parents who could afford, prefer to send their children to English medium private schools. This has been one of the reasons of exodus of students from government schools to private schools.
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