English teachers in the Punjab, India have recently come under scrutiny after their mistakes in English were paraded for all to see. The teachers took a test and produced English snippets such as:
- “leak of interest”
- “staff of our school was vacant”
- “our school has situated remote area”
…and so on.
So there’s an obvious problem here and one which needs to be sorted. However, the reporting of the story has also thrown up some questionable use of English. An article on the subject in The Merinews includes such gems as:
- “all are very much worried about the poor results of English language and shortly organizing training of teachers”
- “barring 300-400 schools, none other schools have English teachers”
- “masters are teaching the English subject since long”
So on the one hand we some English teachers in India making errors in English and on the other an article critical of the teachers also making errors in English.
The irony is somewhat overwhelming…
Original Article in the Merinews
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