Regional languages are being taught in government schools as per the plan initiated by the government for the current academic year seven months ago. The private schools denied the implementation of this rule.
The elementary and secondary education department has announced five regional languages to be taught in the public and private schools necessarily as a compulsory subject in their respective areas.
As per the sources, no action or inquiry has been conducted on the private schools for not abiding by the decision by the education department.
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Under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Promotion of Regional Languages Authority Act, 2012 the former provincial government ordered the teaching of five regional languages as the compulsory subject in the educational institutes up to the intermediate level.
Hindko, Pashto, Khowar (Chitrali), Seraiki, and Kohistani are the five respective regional languages notified by the education department to be taught, five years back. Every language is to be taught in the respective area where the language is spoken.
As per the clause (3) of Article 251 of the constitution of Pakistan provincial languages could be used, taught and promoted along with the national language without being prejudice to national language’s status.
The education department has started teaching regional languages from the start of the current academic session in government schools after a delay of five years.
The regional languages are being taught in Nursery and Grade-I. And the books for grade-II, regional languages have already been printed and would be introduced next year.
An officer from the district education division said that the private schools are not following this implementation, and this would cause the pupils trouble in three years’ time when the public schools would be teaching regional language up to the level V.
It was also decided by the education department that a centralized system for examinations should be adapted for the students of grade-V but the decision is resting with the Peshawar High Court when it was approached by the private schools association.
If the decision of centralized exams by education department succeeds then the students of private schools also would have to appear for the paper of regional languages.
The DEO said, in that case, how would the students of private schools be solving the regional language paper in the board exams.
It would take another ten years for the education department to achieve its goal of teaching regional language up to the intermediate level.
The owner of a private school told that the school administration is completely unaware of this decision of the education department and further said nobody from the education department asked us to teach regional languages.
Another private school head said that Pashto could be taught but as for the other four languages so there are no teachers and hence these cannot be taught.
Khwaja Yawar Naseer—President Private Education Institutional Management Association confirmed that the private schools are not teaching regional languages as they have neither received any letter nor any instruction in this regard.
He further added that they were not made a part of this decision taken by the education department.
M.Atif Khan—Minister for Education said that the private schools presently are being controlled by regulatory authorities and as the authorities do not possess much legal power so no action could be taken in case of violation of any decisions or rules directed by the education department.
He further added that the making of a more powerful regulatory authority is in way and a law relating that has already been passed by the provincial assembly.
Khan added that with the making of regulatory authority the education department would then be in position to get its decision implemented within the private schools.