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.
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:
tongue is appropriate only at home.
no major need or use of mother tongue outside of home.
study both English and Urdu with only enough focus on Urdu to communicate.
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.