Imran Khan criticises English-medium syllabus schools in Pakistan

Imran Khan criticises English-medium syllabus schools in Pakistan

PTI leader praises Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for hiring teachers in drive to improve education standards

Islamabad: Former cricketer and Pakistan politician Imran Khan has paid glowing tributes to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government over its efforts to improve the standard of education in the province.

Khan, who is chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, said the provincial government hired 40,000 teachers on merit, stressing that the future of Pakistan is dependent on its standard of education.

He said there were three different systems of education running in Pakistan, an English-medium system for the elite of the country, as well as Urdu-medium schools and religious seminaries for the rest of the country.

Criticising the English-medium syllabus Khan said that it was driving students away from their own culture.

He said education should be imparted in the English language only at the higher levels and even then the syllabus should reflect examples that are in line with the culture in Pakistan.

He added that education for women in Pakistan was of utmost importance.

Khan said, out of every three new colleges being established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two were being set up specifically for girls.

The PTI chairman lauded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for its efforts to promote education for girls.

Meanwhile, a report released on Wednesday said at least 100 educational institutions in the federal capital were running without principals and vice-principals due to induction of five vice-principals each in certain institutions by the Federal Directorate of Education and ministry of CADD.

According to media reports, 422 small and large educational institutions are working under federal directorate of education, Islamabad.

Out of these, 155 institutions are for boys and 52 principals and 91 vice-principals have been appointed therein. This bring the total strength to 143.

Out of this number, 45 principals and vice-principals have been appointed in 20 schools of Islamabad City while only 10 vice-principals have been provided for rural area schools within the federal capital.

This means 56 per cent of the total strength has been inducted in institutions functioning in Islamabad’s urban areas, which constitute 12 per cent of total educational institutions.

Five vice-principals have been appointed in Rawat and Chak- Shahzad each respectively, four each in two institutions, three each at seven institutions, while two vice-principals have been appointed in each five departments.

A total of 45 vice-principals have been appointed in 20 schools of urban sector, 14 vice principals in 41 institutions of Bhara Kahu area, 11 vice-principals in 32 schools of Sihala sector and only nine vice-principals have been appointed in 32 schools of Tarnol sector.