Category Archives: English in Pakistan

Debate on Medium of Instruction

A QUESTION we are still grappling with in Pakistan after 58 years is, what should be the language of instruction in our schools? Given all the scientific research that has gone into the language and literacy issues worldwide — but … Continue reading

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Language in everyday life

In Pakistan, the Punjabi language is mainly spoken rather than written and it is used in predominantly rural rather than urban areas. Urdu, rather than Punjabi, is the first language taught in schools in Punjab, so that every educated Punjabi … Continue reading

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Teaching and Learning in Pakistan: The Role of Language in Education

This document is a report on a consultancy visit to Pakistan between 4th and 17th March 2010. The report concludes with a brief foray into the future and tries to imagine what an ideal language in education policy for Pakistan … Continue reading

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Pakistan and the battle for English

To the common man, English is still a wild horse he’d like to mount every now and then but one he cannot tame. Year after year English remains the single most likely subject students at all levels flunk. Even those … Continue reading

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Pakistani English

Although British rule in India lasted for almost two hundred years, the areas which lie in what is now Pakistan, were amongst the last to be annexed. Sindh was annexed in 1843, Punjab (which initially included the North-West Frontier Province) in 1849, and parts of Baluchistan, … Continue reading

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Pakistan facing language ‘crisis’ in schools

Pakistan’s commitment to using Urdu as the medium of instruction in its state schools and its ambition to widen access to English language teaching are creating barriers to effective education, limiting economic mobility and undermining social cohesion. The report, Teaching and … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s push too far?

Pupils in Pakistan’s state primaries will start learning maths, science and IT in English from this month, in an ambitious plan to prepare the next generation to participate in the international jobs market. As the plan is phased into schools … Continue reading

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