Monday, January 3, 2011

[MLE] Pakistan facing language 'crisis' in schools

Dear MLE friends,

It is not too often that we hear on MLE related issues from our North-Western neighbours. This article in the Guardian discusses a report stating that the Urdu and English dominance in the school "threatens to undermine social cohesion"
"The report's key proposal is to provide teaching to students in the language they are most familiar with and, for the first time, reflect Pakistan's multilingual identity in classrooms. There are more than 70 languages spoken in Pakistan, yet Urdu, the national language and the medium of instruction in the majority of state schools, is spoken by just 7% of the population."
Also good to note the following:
"Coleman says his "wish list" for education reform has been positively received inside Pakistan. He is now in the process of analysing feedback before presenting his final proposals next April."

Here is the URL to the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/dec/07/pakistan-schools-language-crisis-lotbiniere.

Thanks to Cynthia Groff for the tip.
Regards,

Karsten
Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.

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