New Delhi: With only
five percent of its people able to speak "good English", Algeria
has invited Indians to teach the language in its universities,
according to the envoy of the largely Arabic and French-speaking
North African nation.
Some 100 institutes affiliated to 13 Algerian universities need
nearly 250 English teachers and his government is keen to have
Indian educators, Ambassador Mohammed Hacene Echarif told IANS in
But why only teachers from India?
"Indian education standards are very high. Our government is
highly impressed with Indian teachers who have great educational
advantage in subjects like English, science and mathematics,"
The embassy has asked the government to get them candidates who
will be offered a monthly salary of 2,000 euros, free
accommodation and transport with a three-year contract and "good
"But they will have to bear the difficult Algerian conditions.
Politically there are no problems at all. But weather can be
tough," said the envoy.
More than 90 percent of the area in the Muslim-dominated country
with over 36 million population is covered by the Sahara desert.
With huge difference in day and night temperature, the midday
desert heat can get unbearable and the nights can get from cool to
chilly, said the envoy of the largest country in Africa, the Arab
world and the Mediterranean.
Interested candidates can apply for the job directly with the
Algerian embassy in Delhi. They will be interviewed by a panel of
experts from that country before the start of the session in
September. The contract will be valid for three years but can be
"Only five percent of the Algerian population can speak good
English. We hope Indian teachers can help us in popularising the
language," said the envoy.
The envoy said that there were already some 3,000 Indian workers
in his country who had proved to be "good, well behaved and
"Their behaviour is good. They are highly regarded in our society.
They are hardworking. And that is another reason why we want to
have more Indian workers in our country."
Echarif said Algeria also wanted to "reduce its dependency on the
"India has a huge man power resources. We want to tap it and
invite more Indian skilled workers in the near future," he said.
The embassy's first secretary Faycal Sifodil told IANS that the
Algerian health ministry was likely to enter into an agreement
with its Indian counterpart under which "hundreds of Indian
doctors and hospital managers will be offered jobs in Algeria with
Algeria is not the only country that is looking at Indian
teachers, who have been the focus of many nations over the last
few years, particularly in the wake of globalisation and the
advent of the Internet. There are many Indian teachers in the UK,
US and the Middle East countries.
(Sarwar Kashani can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)