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Sense and madness – Anjum Altaf

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A BOOK that left a lasting impression on me was Micromotives and Macrobehaviour (1978) by Thomas Schelling who was awarded the Nobel...

Language of instruction – Anjum Altaf

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POLICYMAKING can be based on self-interest, whim, opinion, dogma or evidence. The choice we exercise says a lot about us. Take the language of instruction...

Knowledge and power- Anjum Altaf

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Everyone interested in education knows Macaulay and his ‘Minute on Education’, the basis of the English Education Act of 1835, that determined to...

Language of instruction – Anjum Altaf

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Almost every account of colonialism describes how the colonists planned to use education as a means of stabilizing and strengthening their rule. There was...

A better way to teach- Anjum Altaf

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The Single National Curriculum has some very laudable objectives including raising good human beings and promoting inclusiveness and tolerance. It has decided on...

Fair and fluent – Anjum Altaf

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Neelam Hanif has mounted a passionate defence of English as the medium of instruction (‘SNC and the language question’, The News, September 12,...

No minister, yes minister- Anjum Altaf

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The minister for education has written an opinion defending the Single National Curriculum (‘Debating the SNC’, The News, September 8, 2020). It fails in...

Upside-down world – Anjum Altaf

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TO figure out how we have to come to consider an upside-down world as right-side up, you could do no better than become a...

The pandemic as a learning opportunity – Anjum Altaf

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The Covid-19 pandemic has hit education hard. Schools and colleges have been closed since March which has resulted in a lot of handwringing, with...

What’s wrong with the SNC? – Anjum Altaf

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The writer is a former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. Before I list my problems with the Single National...