I WOULD like to comment on the recent announcement by the Education Minister on the new seven periods of English lessons in schools starting next year.
While I welcome the increase in the hours in teaching English, I have reservations about its outcome.
It is a known fact that many rural districts still don’t have enough trained TESL teachers.
To overcome the shortage, many schools make use of non-optionists to fill the gap. Some do a fairly decent job while others have no business teaching the subject due to their poor command of English.
Non-optionist English teachers, being mostly untrained, cannot
be considered an asset to their
students. Language teaching requires certain pre-requisites
such as teaching methodology, knowledge of communicative
competencies and proficiency.
This should not be allowed to continue. Why are there still non-optionists masquerading as English language teachers? The ministry should either insist on assessing them and sending them for proper training or recruiting more students for teacher training colleges.