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Coming A Full Chalk Circle

In a heartening reversal of roles, village schoolteachers of Maharashtra attend English classes

Coming A Full Chalk Circle
Sandesh Bhandare
Coming A Full Chalk Circle
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A stranger can't but look upon these avid learners with dismay—they have diligently sacrificed the pleasures of a summer vacation at the altar of good old Mother Goose.

These dhoti-clad and topi-sporting men, and sari and burqa-clad women are primary schoolteachers from non-English medium schools of Maharashtra, undergoing a six-day training in spoken English under the Statewide Massive and Rigorous Training for Primary Teachers (smartpt) initiative of the Maharashtra government. This monsoon, 1.27 lakh teachers are getting back to their schools after learning the class two curriculum. They'll teach what they learn to nearly 10 million students.

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