Colonialism, politics of language and partition of Bengal (New Age Special Issue)
Nurul Kabir, editor of New Age and popular public intellectual in Bangladesh, with an extended polemical take on the history of the partition of Bengal and the politics of language policy in the split.
This interesting article is about predictions on language education policy shifts in Punjab, Pakistan:
Published 2014-01-17 07:22:11
A COUPLE of years ago, the PML-N suddenly announced that the Punjab government was switching to English as the medium of instruction in all public schools.
The switch was made, though the ground realities were incongruous. But a couple of months back, we heard that the government was having second thoughts and had stopped printing textbooks pending a decision on the language issue. We will know the decision soon enough as the new academic year is not too far off. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) manifesto promises that English would be taught as a language from the start but Urdu or the home language/mother tongue of an area would be retained as the medium of instruction.
This is what they initially announced when they took the reins of power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. But recently it has been reported that they have decided to switch to English as the medium of instruction. Since they have also promised a uniform education system for the province, eventually at least, the policy will apply to all schools of the province.
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