Upon in favor of English language as a medium

Upon analyzing the data obtained from 3 schools, it
transpires that 2 out of 3 reject the employment of mother tongue in education
learning and a large majority of students support the English-medium policy from
a very young age under the influence of the so-called “modernism” it brings. To
sum up the data obtained from interviews, questionnaires and observations, the
following main ideas stem:

·        
The sooner a child is exposed to English
language, the sooner he/she will be able to grasp and learn it.

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·        
There is no need to teach mother tongue as the
child already has sufficient proficiency in it.

·        
English-learning should be more impressed upon
as the child has no use for mother tongue outside his/her home.

·        
Children can’t be taught in their mother tongue
in 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 an
overwhelming support in favor of English language as a medium of instruction
and at the same time are redundant to the teaching of mother-tongue, primarily
because of the monetary opportunities English language offers. The respondents
put 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 have
also expressed their support in favor of the English medium policy whereby they
support their argument with some of the following rationale:

·        
Mother
tongue is appropriate only at home.

·        
There is
no major need or use of mother tongue outside of home.

·        
We should
study both English and Urdu with only enough focus on Urdu to communicate.

·        
Urdu
should not be taught in so much depth.

The collected data suggests that an overwhelming number of
students show their support in favor of the English-only policy and at the same
time a large number support the English + Urdu policy but hardly anyone
supports the only-Urdu policy. Summing up, it can be justifiably said that
generally students are in favor of a subtractive English + Urdu policy.

While the dominant conception is a
fascination for the English-medium policy, but this conception is highly likely
to be a delusion based on stereotypical ideals like the so-called “modernism”
as there are little solid grounds which support the English-medium policy.