Teachers on Saturday highlighted the importance of Urdu as national language and demanded its introduction as medium of instruction in all government sector schools of the province.
They also demanded immediate withdrawal of the government’s decision to introduce English as a medium of instruction in its schools and colleges from the next academic session.
They were speaking during a seminar on ‘promotion of education through national language’, which was organised by Tanzeem Asatiza Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Peshawar Press Club.
Tanzeem-i-Asatiza Pakistan (TAP) central general secretary Dr Azharul Haq attended the function as the chief guest, while other keynote speakers were TAP provincial president Khairullah Hawari, Nazar Hussain, Dr Mohammad Nasir and Samiullah.
Teachers of public sector educational institutions from across the province showed up in large number.
Dr Azharul Haq said the provincial government was bent upon weakening the education system by introduction English medium curriculum in its educational institutions.
“It’s a conspiracy to keep our children from national language Urdu, Muslim civilisation and local culture,” he said.
The TAP general secretary demanded that the government should take steps for promoting Urdu as source of knowledge, creativity and research.
He said Urdu should be given the due status, while effective policies should be made to promote Urdu medium education system.
Dr Azharul Haq urged the government to immediate withdraw the introduction of English medium education in its institutions from the next academic session.
Khairullah Hawari said the development and progress could only be achieved by promotion of national languages.
He said the leading nations of the world didn’t ignore national languages and therefore, they prospered.
The TAP president said the government had planned to increase literacy rate to 100 per cent by 2015 but the act of ignoring national language would hamper the efforts of achieving the millennium development goals on education in the country.
He stressed the need for introduction of a uniform education policy in the province by using Urdu as the main source of instruction in government schools.
Other panelists, too, opposed the introduction of English medium courses in government educational institutions and urged the provincial government to review the decision and take step for the promotion of Urdu as a source for teaching and knowledge.Dawn.