Upon analyzing the data obtained from 3 schools, ittranspires that 2 out of 3 reject the employment of mother tongue in educationlearning and a large majority of students support the English-medium policy froma very young age under the influence of the so-called “modernism” it brings. Tosum up the data obtained from interviews, questionnaires and observations, thefollowing main ideas stem:· The sooner a child is exposed to Englishlanguage, the sooner he/she will be able to grasp and learn it.
· There is no need to teach mother tongue as thechild already has sufficient proficiency in it.· English-learning should be more impressed uponas the child has no use for mother tongue outside his/her home.· Children can’t be taught in their mother tonguein light of the fact that it will push them linguistically backwards.· Learning mother tongue has no monetary returns.The respondents of this research have displayed anoverwhelming support in favor of English language as a medium of instructionand at the same time are redundant to the teaching of mother-tongue, primarilybecause of the monetary opportunities English language offers. The respondentsput forward propositions to support their argument as mentioned above.
Following are some selected excerpts from the interviews:SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 1: SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 2: In addition to teachers and principals, many students havealso expressed their support in favor of the English medium policy whereby theysupport their argument with some of the following rationale:· Mothertongue is appropriate only at home.· There isno major need or use of mother tongue outside of home.· We shouldstudy both English and Urdu with only enough focus on Urdu to communicate.· Urdushould not be taught in so much depth.
The collected data suggests that an overwhelming number ofstudents show their support in favor of the English-only policy and at the sametime a large number support the English + Urdu policy but hardly anyonesupports the only-Urdu policy. Summing up, it can be justifiably said thatgenerally students are in favor of a subtractive English + Urdu policy.While the dominant conception is afascination for the English-medium policy, but this conception is highly likelyto be a delusion based on stereotypical ideals like the so-called “modernism”as there are little solid grounds which support the English-medium policy.