Textbook board asked to expedite work for teaching of regional languages

PESHAWAR, Dec 1: The plan and measures set rolling during the tenure of the previous government regarding teaching of regional languages, including Khowar, at the school level have reached almost a dead end.

A literary, cultural and social welfare organisation, Gandhara Hindko Board, expressed concern over the lack of interest by the PTI-led government. It asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board to expedite and implement the plan to introduce the teaching of mother languages at schools.

The demand was made at a meeting attended by the executive committee members of the organisation, according to a press release issued here on Sunday. The participants recalled that the previous ANP-led coalition in the province had announced to introduce the teaching of mother languages at the school level.

It was decided that steps will be taken to introduce teaching of Pashto, Hindko, Seraiki, Khowar and Kohistani languages at the school level by making these languages part of the curriculum. Subsequently, some steps were launched by assigning the task to the textbook board but, unfortunately, the work is going on at a very slow place, said the participants of the meeting.

They added that the textbook board should consult the relevant literary organisations to carry out the plan.