Language barrier to teaching in Kantalai

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 July 2002, 17:48 GMT]
Sinhalese teachers who are not proficient in Tamil have been appointed on part time basis to teach English to Tamil students in the Kantalai education zone in the Trincomalee district, parents protested this week.

The parents have complained to the North East Provincial Ministry of Education that their children find it extremely difficult to follow the English lessons, as the Sinhalese teachers are unable to instruct in Tamil.

The students also find it difficult to understand directives given in Sinhala by the teachers, the parents said..

Sinhalese teachers are now teaching English at Vigneswara Vidiyalyam, Assafa MuslimVidiyalayam, Peratuveli Maha Vidiyalyam Aysha Muslim Balika Vidiyalyam, and Vaddakachchi Muslim Vidiyalyam in the Kantalai education zone.

An appeal has been made to the provincial education authorities to appoint teachers who also speak Tamil to teach English to students in the area.


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