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Mother tongue as mode of instruction


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DR Malik Baloch has been recently elected as chief minister of Balochistan. He mentioned that health and education were his top priority.

The educational system in Balochistan is in the worst condition, especially primary education. Teachers of the section are not properly educated and equipped enough to carry out teaching assignments. They are mostly absent from duty.

Our basic educational structure demands a major overhaul.

When Dr Malik was provincial education minister, he took some positive steps.

He himself visited schools and colleges to observe the classes and consult the teaching staff to root out the culture of cheating.

Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch said in his first speech on the floor that the mother tongue would be the mode of instruction in the province; it is a commendable decision.

The medium of instruction in the mother tongue is important for educational pursuits.

It is a recognised fact all over the world that when children are taught in their mother tongue they do not feel reluctant to go to school and pick up concepts better. They also express themselves in a better way.

Their confidence level also builds up.

I request the chief minister to take steps in this direction as soon as possible to teach in the mother tongue at the primary level.

RAUF RAZ Lecturer at Inter College Hoshap Turbat

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Zain Jun 22, 2013 10:36am

That is great, if it is also done in all other Provinces too, and also Do Not forget to teach Urdu as a Compulsory Subject, not just optional. Remember what happened in Bangladesh, the Language was a primary factor in separation, and it was ONLY Bangla Language that Bengalis wanted, they wanted nothing to do with Urdu. Don't let that happen in Balochistan too, let them teach Balochi as a Subject, along with Urdu as Compulsory, Laazmi Subject, as is the case in the rest of the country.

shahbaz afzal Jun 22, 2013 01:10pm

i want to say Congrates to Dr Malik Bloach to take this Historic Step. i also request to MR Malik Chief Minister to take step this Direction as soon as poosible. i also wanna say that Our Punjab Govt should also take step to make Compulsary to teach Primary education in Mother Language.

amarpita Jun 22, 2013 01:43pm

@shahbaz afzal: Why you are commenting in english? Please comment in your mother tongue.They should be taught in the universal language of English to let them GROW.

Rakesh Jun 22, 2013 04:36pm

But won't mother tongue be un-Islamic as most of languages in the Indian sub-continent are derived from Sanskrit or Avestan? and Pakistanis are not/never were Indians but descendents of Arabs - the only race of mankind on earth. Atleast most Pakistanis think so....Arabs however dont think so.

Jalbani Baloch Jun 22, 2013 05:18pm

Congratulations to the CM of Balochistan, who has recognized the importance of teaching in motherland. In fact, the mother language or "mother tongue" is the language in which first words are spoken and thoughts expressed by an individual. Thus, it is generally the language that a person speaks most fluently. Cognitively, the mother language is a crucial tool every child uses to understand the world. Culturally, the mother language is a fundamental expression of history and identity. Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today. Given that the UN comprises 193 member states, multilingual, multicultural nations are clearly the norm, not the exception. Virtually all countries have citizens whose mother language differs from the majority language. Governments and development organisations must take language into account when engaging people, rather than embracing a "one size fits all" mentality; as one slogan for the UN International Year of Languages declared: "Languages Matter!" Languages matter for the fulfilment of the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 by the UN. Languages matter in the quest to eliminate illiteracy and facilitate better learning, as emphasised in the global Education for All movement. They matter in fostering openness towards diversity and tolerance of other cultures, which is essential to building inclusive societies. They matter for peace and mutual understanding in areas of inter-ethnic conflict. Indeed, the role of languages in the educational, cultural and economic fabric of our societies is too great to be ignored. Evidence from around the world shows that children learn best when taught in their mother language in the initial years at school. Yet, too often, children are immersed in classrooms and taught in a language that they do not recognise. Children are expected to effortlessly learn in the school language without additional support. Typically, less than 15% are able to do so and achieve acceptable marks; the majority do not. While they are physically included in school, the language barrier excludes them from effective learning. Language is perhaps the most human of human traits. International Mother Language Day provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on the vital importance of language to ourselves, to our nations, and to our world. So delight in cultural diversity. Learn other languages. Share your language with others. But never forget the value of each person's mother language.

Guest63 Jun 22, 2013 06:33pm

I do not dispute the claim nor I am an authority on the subject ( learning in mother's tongue is the best way for the children in primary age ! ) But I think I will be allowed to give my personal experience fro my own education . My mother tongue was/is still Punjabi , But I did not get any education at any level in my mother tongue . In fact from the class 1 till Matriculation , the primary teaching language even in science subjects , was Urdu ( not my mother tongue by any stretch of imaginations even if some one wants to argue! ) YET i not only passed every class in high first grade But secured distinctions in all the 3 board level exams I went through ( the 1st was class 5 Primary , the 2nd was Class 8 Middle school , the last was Class 10 high school ) . English was introduced as a 2nd language from grade 6th on and I always secured above 92% in this subject for the 5 school years in which i learned this language . English as a full medium was the mode of instructions in my years at college only (where I also held disticntion of coming 1st in my own discipline and 2nd overall in the college's final board exams .... All I can say , it was not the instructions in mother tongue which made me excel in my school time or in the college as such , But it was the quality and dedication of my teachers which kept me on my toes all along and then there was a healthy competitive peers which also added fuel to drive my success as such. So Quality of teaching Staff is paramount for a student to learn better and perform better . That is all what my personal experience taught me on how to learn

Agha Ata Jun 22, 2013 06:35pm

Medium of teaching in the mother tongue is good, but do teach English right from the beginning as most developed countries are doing. That will help our children to go to foreign countries for advance studies, where they dont teach in our mother tongue. In India they teach three languages, mother tongue, Hindi and English. In the USA we have a big number of South Indians working in hospitals, and they speak good English thats why they are doing these jobs.

expaki Jun 22, 2013 09:18pm

RAUF RAZ has struck the million nails on head. kids of tender age better understand in their daily spoken language at home. Having said that, one FINE POINT, Rauf Sahib, its your ABSLUTE right to DEMAND ( and not request) from those you elected with your vote to look into such ethical demands which gives you right to educate your coming generation in languages they understand better. remember its YOUR RIGHT to DEMAND.

Riaz Ahmad Jun 23, 2013 02:16am

Mother tongue a medium of instruction?? The president, the prime minister, the politicians, the bureaucrats the media anchors, intellectuals and scholars, none of them can complete a single sentence in Urdu or their mother tongue with out English words; yet very few can speak proper English they love so much.