Saim wrote:I'd say as advice without any other qualifications it leads to some weird outcomes, like parents talking to their children in broken English so they can get a "headstart", imposing English as the medium of instruction where teaching staff doesn't have the competence to pull it off (in Spain, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa), or throwing money at language classes that don't take them anywhere.
In the case of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the decision was likely more led by politics than by educational goals -- I suspect the Pashtun- and Hindko-speaking population were never happy at having the majority of their education in the language of another ethnic group from hundreds of miles away.
Given that the ruling party in the region is also the governing party at a national level, it seems plausible that they may have instituted the use of Pakistan's other official language because its status as the language of international trade, commerce and diplomacy will make it harder for Pashtun nationalists to push for mother-tongue education in the future. "You want to deny your children access to English??? Won't somebody think of the children?!?"
Or Hindko-speakers may have proposed the policy on similar grounds, to prevent their language(s) becoming further marginalised by a potential future move to Pashtun-medium schooling.
Equally, the initiative could have come from Pashtun-speakers who knew that Pashtun-medium education was unlikely to happen, and felt that getting Urdu out of the schools was in and of itself a way to reduce marginalisation of their language, and English's status as one of two official languages made it the easiest way to achieve that.
Or indeed, all of them could have come to realise that it served their purposes to some extent.
Regardless, I really don't think there's any genuine pedagogical thinking behind it -- one way or another it's political. (But in an on-topic, language-related way!! Please don't ban me from the forum, rdearman!!!)
But then again, all governmental education initiatives are led by politics to a certain extent, if not as explicitly as this one.