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Indian state pushes English education as ticket to a better life for students

VIJAYAWADA, India – The class of 50 in Nidamanuru school in rural Vijayawada squinted at the TV screen as Manalakshmi tried to read English words she had never uttered before.

The fifth-grader kicked off with confidence. “Mountain… beach… val-ley,” but then stumbled. “C-A-N-Y-O-N?” 

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