Uttar Pradesh: English-medium government schools still use Hindi mode
About 5,000 government schools in Uttar Pradesh were promoted to English Medium as a part of the School Chalo Abhiyan, but sadly there hasn't been any changes at ground level. Many schools are still using use Hindi mode for primary students, because of non-availability of new textbooks. Students take lessons in Hindi and read from shabby old books, according to a Hindustan Times report.
New session, old books: Students aren't happy with lapse
Although government schools start their new session in July, since 2015, the government followed footsteps of CBSE/ICSE and re-opened institutions in April. It seems they were not prepared for an early session as students were handed old textbooks (which are in bad shape), disappointing them. A teacher said kids weren't happy with this. Teachers used cardboard, sketches, and blackboard to teach students English alphabets.
Teachers says students are devoid of new session feel
A teacher said, "Since the session has started and new books are yet to be distributed, students are managing with old books of their seniors. Moreover, not every student has received books. They are yet to get a feel of the new session."
New textbooks will soon replace old ones, say authorities
Since this is the first year of government-run English medium schools, textbooks got delayed in printing, claim authorities. They are expected to arrive next month. Director basic education, Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh issued a diktat on March 27 saying new books will replace old ones. Notably, last year too students received new books after schools re-opened post-summer vacation in July.