June 20, 2009

English in public school?

The post Panchayat proliferation of the private schools in Nepal catalyzed the ever waning reputation and the number of students of public schools. Infrastructures and teaching methods may have some effect in general mass but the major reason is the use of lingua-franca of the world - English.Since then small private schools are burgeoning every day in Nepal. Whether it’s a private school with two rented rooms in a village or the large buildings in the suburb of valley, they are able to attract enough number of students to be profitable just by teaching courses in English. Parents wanted their sons and daughters to be fluent in English. More and more parents joined the bandwagon since then and the trend shows no sign of fading. So, if everybody wants it, why shouldn’t we use English as the primary language in public schools too?

Some people would get irk by the decision. But in my opinion, there won’t be any organized protest if such regulations would be established other than that of the Nepali Language Society. But it would definitely cause resentments in some people.
At first, even my thoughts were rent in twain. There was certain uneasiness. It was tough for me to vouch such rules in governmental level but at the same time it would have been utter hypocrisy to make others study in Nepali medium; whereas, I, myself studied in an English-medium school. Lawmakers and the intellects, most of them have relatively good disposable income, who are not in support of making English as a primary language would also put their offspring into the misnomer boarding schools of Nepal. So, why just the poor students should suffer the market biasness towards English fluency?
I have chosen uneasiness upon hypocrisy. What would you?