Preserving ones identity: Speakers flay move to switch to English-medium education

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Speakers at a seminar held on Saturday to promote the national language highlighted the importance of Urdu and urged the government to let it be the medium of instruction in all state-run schools.

A seminar titled ‘Promotion of Education through National Language’ was organised by Tanzeem Asatiza Pakistan ‘s (TAP) Khyber-Paktunkhwa chapter at the Peshawar Press Club. TAP Central General Secretary Dr Azharul Haq was the chief guest on the occasion while other keynote speakers included TAP Provincial President Khairul Hawari.

Addressing the audience, Dr Azharul Haq claimed the provincial government’s plan to introduce a uniform English-medium curriculum in all state-run institutions across the province is “a conspiracy to keep our young generation away from their national language and culture.”

He asked the government to abstain from taking such decisions and instead use Urdu as the main language in its knowledge sharing, creativity and research. He further said the national language should be given due importance and effective policies need to be promulgated to make the education system Urdu-medium

“The government should immediately withdraw the introduction of English-medium education intended for the next academic session,” he urged.

Agreeing with Haq, Khairul Hawari added development and progress in the country can only be possible through promotion of Urdu. He maintained all leading nations in the world worked with their national language, which is why they are progressing.

He said the government cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 if it keeps ignoring its national language.

He also stressed the need for a uniform education system by using Urdu as the main source of teaching at government-run schools.

Source: The Express Tribune.