Oman has been ranked very low for English pro­fi­ciency in a sur­vey. Do you agree or think the sit­u­a­tion is chang­ing?

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Muna Basheer al Zad­jali Pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee

English pro­fi­ciency is nec­es­sary for stud­ies. In fact, tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments have made learn­ing English eas­ier. There is a di­rect re­la­tion­ship be­tween English lan­guage pro­fi­ciency and ac­cess­ing con­tent on the Web.

Adults are on top in the English pro­fi­ciency in­dex and this re­flects the grow­ing im­por­tance of teach­ing English at univer­sity level glob­ally.

Monika Modh Home­maker

It’s not that peo­ple in this coun­try lacks pro­fi­ciency in a cer­tain lan­guage. It could be due to lack of con­fi­dence (shy) to com­mu­ni­cate in that lan­guage which would be the case in other coun­tries as well if you ask them to speak in Ara­bic for ex­am­ple. Oman is a fast-grow­ing coun­try and they are pro­gress­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Jayento Sarkkar Con­tracts man­age­ment

Even if agreed, there is not enough em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence avail­able to find a def­i­nite cause for this phe­nom­e­non. My per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence is that women in Oman have stronger English skills than men while com­mu­ni­cat­ing. This is a good sign be­cause a woman is a mother too, ei­ther to­day or to­mor­row and who could be a bet­ter teacher than the mother her­self.

Jay­a­tee Choud­hury Stu­dent

English pro­fi­ciency is im­prov­ing with a num­ber of in­sti­tutes of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of cour­ses. Na­tion­als are try­ing to im­prove their speak­ing and writ­ing skills. They are tak­ing part in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and in­creas­ing their in­ter­ac­tions to im­prove on that as­pect.

Padma Si­vasankar Home­maker

Oman has low English pro­fi­ciency. The gov­ern­ment should im­prove the set up in the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem to work on this as­pect. To reach a higher level, there should be strong fo­cus on com­mu­nica­tive ap­proach.

More im­por­tance should be given to ex­ams like IELTS which as­sesses English pro­fi­ciency.

Mo­han Anan­dan Bank­ing sec­tor

The sit­u­a­tion is cer­tainly chang­ing as Omani youths are not far be­hind in English pro­fi­ciency. They are get­ting ed­u­cated at for­eign uni­ver­si­ties and ac­quir­ing skills to be com­pet­i­tive with the best in the in­dus­try. By mak­ing English com­pul­sory at the el­e­men­tary school level, an over­all im­prove­ment could be achieved.

Muthu­mari Pan­dian Home­maker

Cer­tainly true. A good plat­form for English pro­fi­ciency is pro­vided in schools. Every­one is fo­cus­ing to im­prove lan­guage pro­fi­ciency and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills at the school and col­lege lev­els with ad­di­tional coach­ing. So, the sit­u­a­tion is chang­ing. Oman is mov­ing to­wards sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with English pro­fi­ciency adap­ta­tion.

Prashant Upad­hyaya Mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist

English pro­fi­ciency must not be con­sid­ered as an in­di­ca­tor for any­one’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Be­com­ing flu­ent in a for­eign lan­guage is nei­ther every­one’s cup of tea nor nec­es­sary for suc­cess. Oman has its own cul­ture and Oma­nis need time to get used to a for­eign lan­guage.

Rus­keen S Sales man­ager

I agree. The sit­u­a­tion is, how­ever, chang­ing. Now, schools in Oman are giv­ing im­por­tance to English lan­guage and par­ents very much sup­port that. Min­gling of stu­dents of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties helps to im­prove on that as­pect.

Si­vasankar Credit ex­ec­u­tive

Oman has been ranked very low as na­tion­als pre­fer to speak in their na­tive lan­guage. In this chang­ing sce­nario, there is an at­tempt to learn the lan­guage al­beit slowly. Oman knows that qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is key to achieve eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

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