News : Jail Inmates Pin Hopes on English
Nashik, India, Feb 18, 2016 -- Twenty five inmates at the Nashik Central Prison are taking English speaking lessons from a fellow inmate top hone their communication skills once they are out of the prison.
A senior official at the prison said, "Learning English would help them in getting embedded well in the society. A number of skill development courses are held for the prisoners that would help them get jobs when released from the jail."
In order to provide additional skill, it was appealed to the prisoners if anyone of them would be interested in taking English speaking lessons. One of the prisoners from media background and serving for causing hurt volunteered to do so after which interested candidates came forward, he added.
"The inmates want to learn English speaking to be able to get jobs in call centre or even as sales executive after getting released. They are well aware of the much needed skill in the industry. Some even wish to read notice boards or important notices," he added.
The official said the lessons for inmates have been going for the past two months now where basic English speaking is covered. "Classes are held six days a week and two hours daily during afternoon hours. A syllabus has been chalked out where communicative English, manners, etiquettes, discipline and English grammar like punctuations and composing sentences are being covered," he added.
He further said that inmates are also learning to communicate in English and want to confidently speak the language.
The official said that all candidates belong to 20 to 40 years of age and came out of interest towards language. "Many of them are first timers and know Marathi, but have no knowledge about the language, while some of them know alphabets and studied till Class IX," he added.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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