Prime Minister Imran Khan criticizes Pakistan’s English-speaking education system

Rebuking the country’s English-speaking system, the Pakistani prime minister said he was estranged from his culture and religion due to education in English.

File image of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. PA

Lahore: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lambasted the country’s English-language education system, saying it was inherited from the British who built such schools to create an “elite class” in the Indian subcontinent to serve them. Khan also explained to an audience in Lahore how he had become an English boy in a public school and not a Pakistani thanks to this education system.

“When I graduated from Aitchison College Lahore and went to England to further my education… I felt like I had become an English schoolboy and not a Pakistani. of my culture and my religion thanks to this teaching in English. system “, he lamented. He said the English education system was inherited from the British, who built such schools to “create an elite class in India (not divided) who are Indian in color but like us (the British), have our attitudes and through whom we can govern such a large continent “.

Khan also regretted that after independence from the British, Pakistan could not develop its own system. Pakistan should have focused on correcting the class-based education system inherited from the British, but it could not, he said and spoke of three different education systems that have emerged in the country – Urdu, seminars and English-medium which created different classes.

The English media system evolved in such a way that there was less emphasis on education, character building and more on creation desi-vilayati (local foreigners), he said and held politicians accountable for this class-based education system.

The English-speaking system has remained unchanged in Pakistan because politicians wanted their children to have a special status in society, which is why the English-speaking school system has flourished in the country, he said, adding that 80 percent of Pakistani population does not understand English, more or less a status symbol in our society.

The Pakistani government recently introduced a unique national curriculum in the country which requires the teaching of all subjects up to grade V in the national language in addition to the teaching of English as a language. Teaching the English language to every student is necessary to use it as a tool for researching higher education.

Janice G. Ball