The Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institutions Sindh (DIRPIS) – School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) through a circular has instructed the privately managed schools to make sure the teaching of the Sindhi language.

“As per 1972 Act amended 1990 and resolution passed by the Provincial Assembly on February 17, 2010, Sindhi language is a compulsory subject from class III to IX and it should be taught in all state-run and private schools in Sindh including the schools following Cambridge educational system,” the circular reads.

The DIRPIS officials have pointed out that the terms and conditions of the school registration certificate show that private schools under the 2005 rules would be bound to teach the Sindhi language. The rules read; “the institutions shall ensure the teaching of Sindhi language in accordance with the law and rules”.

In the light of the 1990 Act and resolution, the DIRPIS officials directed the administrators of those schools which follow the Cambridge System to add the Sindhi language in classes III to VIII as well as in O level and include the same in the school timetable to help and facilitate the students to learn the provincial language.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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