girl's education in Bombay
girl's education in Bombay

Global test : girl’s education in Bombay

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In Bombay girls are paid to go to school

1- Lately, the girls sent to school are given a rupee (Indian money) for every day spent in class. It is a way of struggling against the school absenteeism of the girls and their dropping school.

2-A rupee, that is less than two cents of euro, it is not a lot. However, in Bombay, this small coin not only pushes the girls to go to school but also encourages their parents to send them there. The idea comes from the authorities who noticed that every year 12 000 girls left the school system. The town councilor in charge of education, S.S.Shinde, explained in the daily Mumbai mirror that “in addition to this alarming figure, there was also the problem of school absenteeism. It is necessary to struggle against the old prejudice anti-girls”. In many families, parents indeed prefer keeping the girls at home and sending only the boys to school.Global test : girl's education in Bombay
3- About 250 000 girls benefit from now on from this program, which represents an annual budget of 70 million rupees (a little more than a million euro) for the administration. The children touch their money at the end of every month in the presence of their parents. “My father does not have a job and my mother is a servant. By earning a rupee a day, my mother insists so that I should go to school”, confesses a schoolgirl to Mumbai mirror. Often, the children live far from their school. This daily rupee is therefore a motivation to attend the class. The fact remains that it is often the teachers who are regularly absent from school because they are badly paid, they have even often a second job to make ends meet.

I – COMPREHENSION

     BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT

A/ choose the right answer from the list given: (2 points)

The text is about the Indian girls’………….. ………

  1. Marriage at an early age;
  2. Working conditions;
  3. Being paid in order to go to school.

B/ answer these questions: (4 points)

  1. Who had the idea of giving money to girls to stop absenteeism?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. How did the idea come?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. How often are the children paid?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. Why does the mother insists on her daughter’s going to school?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

C/ are these sentences true or false? Justify (3 points)

  1. Girls in India must pay a rupee to study.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. Mumbai Mirror is an Indian newspaper.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. Parents must go with their children to take their money.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

D/ complete the following sentences: (2 points)

  1. In Bombay, girls won’t go to school unless…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  2. Parents prefer sending boys…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

E/ what do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2 points)

  1. It (paragraph 2) ……………………………………
  2. Their (paragraph 3) …………………………………

F/ find in the text words or phrases that mean the same as: (2point)

  1. To stop doing something (paragraph 1) ………………………
  2. Often (paragraph 3) …………………………………………….

II – Language: (15 points)

A/ fill in the blanks with the appropriate words from the list. Make any necessary changes in tenses :(3 points)

bring up – break down – make a wish – show up – provide

  1. In Beijing, time stopped when Liu Xiang was……………………………………… to perform well and not to disappoint his fans in the 200m Olympic game.
  2. The coach………………………………………….. the sentence that the athlete didn’t want to hear: he lost a gold medal.
  3. The development bank ……………………………………both loans and technical help.

B/ put the words in brackets in the correct form: (3 points)

90000 spectators admired ………………………………………………(open) of the ……………………..(universe)event: Olympic games, by which China showed its ………………………………………(prosper)

C/ put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense: (4 points)

My grandfather …………………………………….(to have) a computer for 5 years. He ……………….…………(to use) it everyday. My grandfather says that by 2020 the modern house……………….………………. (to create) where we just push buttons and things……………..……………… (to do)

D/ rewrite the sentences beginning with the words given: (3 points)

  1. “Are you pregnant? Asked the American journalist

Carla Bruno answered: “no, I wish ……………………………………………………………………………………

  1. In Geneva, physicians are conducting many research studies about the big bang.

Many research studies……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. “The Chinese wall is 6700 km long”.

The journalist informed us………………………………………………………………………………………

E/ choose the right relative pronoun from the list: (2 points)

Which – whose  – when  – who

  1. This excursion is only for girls……………………………………………….. Marks in English are over 16.
  2. It is the international investment……………………………………………………. will boost the economy in our country.

III) Writing: (10 points)

Your friend Leila wants to know your opinion about TV and asks to clarify its positive or negative effects on people.

Write to your e-friend giving your opinion about TV.

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