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July 02, 2013

Asia | Education

More Pakistani schools to teach in English

Teaching-English-in-PakistanThe Pakistani government has announced plans to expand a program that is increasing the number of schools in far-flung regions of the country that teach core subjects through the medium of English, according to Central Asia Online. The report makes reference to security issues mentioning, almost as an aside, "violent attacks" and "bombed schools."

A recent move by the Pakistani government to have more schools in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) teach classes in English will improve the standard of education, officials say.

Fifty-two FATA schools in April started teaching in English, they said, following the lead of seven schools in Kurram and Khyber agencies that earlier started teaching their 3,642 pupils in English.

The new programme will affect schoolchildren in grades six and higher in general science, Pakistan studies and math, Abid Majeed, secretary to Khyber Pakhktunkhwa (KP) Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, told Central Asia Online.

"Five schools from each agency were selected and three from each Frontier Region [FR]. Of every five selected, two were girls' schools," Majeed said, noting that only one school in FR Lakki Marwat was chosen because the main town had no other schools.

The initial switch, which occurred in April, affected 3,231 sixth-graders, he said, noting that the number of pupils affected will double next year and triple by 2015, as the new sixth-graders are added to the mix and the previous classes advance in grade but remain under the English-teaching programme.

Read the full story from Central Asia Online.

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