English is a language and not a measure of intelligence- Agree or Disagree?India is a multilingual country. But amidst all the languages in our country, English is the only international language which is commonly spoken among the people. Our education system also gives more importance to English when compared to other native languages. But do the people at all the levels and stages have good knowledge in English? Definitely not! Because in India there are many educational institutions which are offering education in different medium of instructions other than English. People who are not interested to learn English do exist in India. Also not everyone who had studied at English medium possesses strong English speaking and writing skills. People who have good writing skills in English may find it difficult to speak in English. When a language is considered, the comfortable level of a person varies. But in general, it is easy for a person to convey his/her thoughts or views in their own native language when compared to other languages.
Be it an educational institution or an organization, English plays a major role in admission or recruitment process. Some competitive exams have separate section to check a candidate's vocabulary. Evaluating a person's performance or intelligence with a language is illogical. A person who is eloquent in English may not be intelligent and the person who is weak in English may not be non- rational. Learning a global language is good, but testing a person's intelligence based on his/her knowledge in English is not fair.
Do you think Indians measure a person's intelligence based on fluency or knowledge in English? Is it good to test a person's intelligence based on his/her knowledge in a global language?
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