English the Alien Language in Punjab

English Language

Around a decade ago, the Chief Minster of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif changed the medium of teaching from Urdu to English. By conducting the survey in 22 districts of Punjab; it is proved that the decision was not beneficial for little souls as well as for the teachers. The surveys proved that the primary class students neither can write English nor Urdu. So, the government has decided to switch back to Urdu in the coming year, March 2020.

The question is, switching back to Urdu, will it be effective? Is medium of teaching (English) hurdle in effective education? Is Urdu being the ‘mother tongue’ of the entire population? If No, how will it affect it positively. When we look at the statistics most of the population live in rural areas; which mostly speak Punjabi, Saraiki or other regional languages. To improve the standard of Education, there are other ways, rather than switching medium of teaching every next year. The quality of education can be improved with other ways, some of them are as follows:

  • by changing the syllabus or the content which is being taught.
  • by training the instructors, so they can communicate and deliver more effectively.
  • by providing students opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities.
  • by giving students opportunity to apply those learned skills in practical way.
  • by brining Information Technology in use and utilizing the maximum potential of digital resources.

If government wants to prove that all the decisions taken by previous governments are wrong, then there are other ways to do that. Not playing with the future of the students would be better option here.