Language Policy and Its Consequences on Sindhi Language Teaching in Sindh, Pakistan


  •  Habibullah Pathan    
  •  Syed Shah    
  •  Shoukat Lohar    
  •  Ali Khoso    
  •  Sadia Memon    

Abstract

This paper examines the language teaching policy in Pakistan and its consequences on Sindhi language in Sindh province. The paper argues that such language policy has attempted to marginalize other local and indigenous languages of the country in general and Sindhi language in particular. Politics is actively engaged in determining the status of languages in the country. English and Urdu being the languages of the dominant social group, that is, the ruling elite in the country enjoy status of official and national languages respectively whereas languages of the marginalized group are excluded from the domain of education, literacy and power. The paper, thus, draws attention of the language policy makers to linguistic human rights and argues that all the languages should be treated equally. Education being inborn right of human being should be acquired in one’s own mother tongue; this is the only solution to cope with present and future challenges in Pakistani educational system.



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