Teaching one’s mother tongue in schools

Published: April 7, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Despite having a rich cultural heritage, Pakistan is still waiting to introduce the teaching of the mother language as a compulsory subject at the primary level. According to psychologists, a child’s psychological and personality development often depends on what has been conveyed through the mother tongue at an early age. This is why language training should happen in the early years of school life.

Sindh is fortunate enough to have the Sindhi language taught in schools. That is what has contributed to the cultural richness and consciousness of the youth and people of the province at large. With insufficient focus on native languages in Pakistan, many troubles have been faced. The way the Bengali language was mistreated it became one of the major causes for the separation of East Pakistan.

Teaching the mother tongue is necessary till the primary level as it will help increase our literacy rate. Also, schooling in the mother tongue helps cognitive development and inculcates critical thinking; both of the aforementioned points are essential requirements for our younger generation.

Noor Ahmed Baloch

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th,  2015.

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