ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Peggy Mohan

The Road to English

Students of English from the economically weaker sections in private schools in Delhi now go through an extended phase of muteness and incomprehensibility before they finally pick up the language, almost by osmosis. The US education system, which promotes bilingualism as opposed to diglossia here, has some lessons for India if the attempt is to make English learning more easy, enjoyable, and useful.

Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Private schools in Delhi that buy land for construction at concessional rates have to make 20% of their seats available for children from the economically weaker sections. Everyone, except the educationists, knows that schooling is mostly about inclusion, about becoming a part of a group that is destined for success. A teacher from one such English-medium school with four EWS students assigned to her for remedial tuitions, traces their evolution over three years from sitting in incomprehension to enthusiastic participation.

Right to Education: Lessons from Trinidad and Tobago

As India begins to grapple with the issues of implementing the Right to Education Act, 2009, it would do well to look at examples like that of Trinidad and Tobago. It is worth learning from that country's experiment with making school education free for all children and the measures it undertook to ensure that children from the economically weak sections got quality education.