Posted: 20 September 2011 at 6:07am | IP Logged
Who says English is complusory?
It is only in convent and public schools, that emphasis is paid on spoken english!
Most of the Government and State Board schools in India don't give a fig about how English is spoken, as long as the kids can sit for an English language exam and pass it! You might find it unbelievable, but even in the national capital of Delhi, most government schools teach all subjects like Maths, Science and Social Studies in Hindi and not in English!
English is just one of the many subjects that kids study! And most importantly, even today, people speak in either hindi or their native tounge at home and with their friends and not in English! Hence, it is very natural that people who have grown up speaking in Hindi most of thier life and have only studied English in school, will be comfortable speaking Hindi and not English!
The population you are talking about is a very, very small percentage...the kinds who come on India forum and post in English!
If you have ever interacted with the sales personnel in department stores or even called up one of those small-time call centres (any place in India), you will realize that even though they can technically speak in English, their pronounciation and diction is terrible! That is because, their knowledge of English only comes from the books they have studied in their schools!
Khushi working at ASR's office might or might not have anything to do with her knowing English. Thousands and Lakhs of people work in Corporate Offices, not everyone is supposed to know English well! It really depends on the kind of work one has and does!
Edited by poppy2009 - 20 September 2011 at 6:08am