Beaconhouse never banned Punjabi language on campus

Published: October 19, 2016
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The school administration has said the use of abusive words in any language was inacceptable in and outside the school premises. PHOTO: BEACONHOUSE SCHOOL SYSTEM LAHORE FACEBOOK PAGE

The school administration has said the use of abusive words in any language was inacceptable in and outside the school premises. PHOTO: BEACONHOUSE SCHOOL SYSTEM LAHORE FACEBOOK PAGE

LAHORE: The Beaconhouse School System never barred students from speaking Punjabi language on campus but the entire issue stemmed from a simple miscommunication on part of the one of the school headmasters based in Sahiwal.

The management has also withdrawn with immediate effect the circular that led to the misreported confusion on the ban on Punjabi language.

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The Beaconhouse administration has clarified the headmaster in Sahiwal only intended to stop students from using Punjabi swear words, but he did not phrase the sentence right in the notification.

“Foul language is NOT ALLOWED within and outside the school premises, in the morning, during the school hours and after home time. Foul language includes taunts, abuses, Punjabi [curses] and hate speech.”

While this is what the circular intended to state, the word ‘curses’ was inadvertently missed by Headmaster Jamil Ahmed. Beaconhouse schools are situated in provinces other than Punjab as well, but the use of Punjabi swear words and not those of any other language, was emphasised upon in the circular. “This is because cursing in Punjabi is a specific issue with a few older boys at Jamil’s branch in Sahiwal.”

The Beaconhouse School System has held the headmaster responsible for the unintentional gaffe as he should not have singled out one language alone. The circular was not issued from the head office otherwise inclusivity of other languages would have also been taken care of.

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“He did not understand that his sentence structure implied that all of Punjabi was a foul language. Indeed, such an interpretation would never have occurred to him because he himself is a proud Punjabi-speaking Punjabi, as are half of our students and teachers,” the Beaconhouse statement read.

The school administration has said the use of abusive words in any language was inacceptable in and outside the school premises.

The school has vowed to strengthen the process of monitoring school circulars and newsletters sent out by the headmasters across Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Bunty
    Oct 19, 2016 - 12:02PM

    It was a blunder just accept it and keep shut… this could be the best thing the school can do…
    BTW you are playing major role in converting our education system to just english speaking systemRecommend

  • mk
    Oct 19, 2016 - 12:20PM

    @Bunty: this you missed the article here since accepting the blunder and clarifying their point is exactly what they just did.
    Regarding converting to an english speaking system: pretty sure that is exactly what a vast majority of parents want from schools!
    MKRecommend

  • Amir
    Oct 19, 2016 - 1:23PM

    english is the business language and all companies in pakistan, be it local or MNC prefer that their employees can converse in proper English. With globalization of the economies, it is now important that we can communicate in English

    Careers are determined how well one can communicate and present.

    As for the school, it has been an error in communication, and they have made their say in thisRecommend

  • Nkhan
    Oct 19, 2016 - 5:15PM

    So cursing in Urdu or English is okay?Recommend

  • Shah(Berlin)
    Oct 20, 2016 - 1:40AM

    @Amir:
    Complete ignorant comment. Germany, Japan or the main land europe cannot speak english. Still they contribute to be the strongest economies in the world……Recommend

  • A punjabi
    Oct 20, 2016 - 6:58AM

    No surprise to see this stupid order by that school,school is wrong because it openly declare that is follwing many punjabis at their homes
    1 Is there no monopoly of urdu language in pakistan,even in punjab .punjabi has neither recoginition or patronage by pakistan government,no single devoted punjabi tv channel by ptv,punjabi is not taught in schools .then how we can expect good from school that is actually mirror of those punjabis who have narrow atittude towards their mother tongue.
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