The Role of language in Education: An Analytical Review of Pakistan’s Education Policy 2009

Asifa Qasim, Zareena Qasim


The focus of this discussion is the latest language policy in Pakistan, suggested in 2009. The theme of “divide and rule” has been an essential part of language policy in Pakistan through the colonialist role of English during the colonial period as well as the post-independence period. We have analyzed the role of proposed language in NEP (National Education Policy), 2009 in terms of educational divide. The conclusion of this discussion is that teaching in mother tongue for primary education can be successfully implemented. It will help minimize dropout level and help children in their educational careers at the same time. A strategy for the development of English language teaching in Pakistan has also been suggested in this paper. This strategy has been outlined, keeping in view the objectives of the NEP and the available resources.

Keywords: Education Policy, Language Policy, Educational divide, Primary Education, Medium of Instruction

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