Each person on this earth has a right to receive an education. A person’s age, gender and ethnicity are some factors that should not be used as parameters to determine whether they are eligible to receive a training. However, one of the most prevalent problems around the world is the limited option of languages offered by most educational institutions for their courses.
Research shows that there are about 5000-7000 languages spoken around the world. But most educational institutions offer 3-4 options barely to students for their preferred language. This makes education a difficult to attain commodity for most people.
Language and education: the relation
Language plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. It is not just a tool for communication but also helps to share and farther knowledge for the benefit of human beings. Thus education and language go hand in hand, and one is impossible without the other.
Since western culture has heavily influenced the world, English is one language that is considered to be universal for education, especially for higher studies. But it is not fair for someone who hasn’t had the exposure to the language and is not adept at it!
This is why a person often has no choice other than to drop out of the course he/she is pursuing.
Why must educational institutions offer more language preferences?
There are several reasons as to why students should have the option of choosing the language for their education. Few of them are:
Research shows that children can understand and determine the best when the language of instruction is their mother tongue. If the language they are taught it is the same as the one they are used to speaking at home, a fair share of obstruction in receiving an education will be removed.
Often students have no choice other than to drop out because of unavailability of higher education in their native language or mother tongue. After receiving the primary education in their local language, students often find it tough to make the transition in language necessary for secondary education. Hence many people drop their education altogether.
Several studies have shown that countries with the lowest literacy rates suffer from a “linguistic disconnect”. This means that the language used in educational institutions is not the one that is spoken by the majority of people in the country.
When an educational institution offers multiple preferences in language, a student might want to deviate from the language they are well versed in and choose to study a new language altogether; because being multilingual opens up windows of opportunity for students for their future.
Even though it might seem that offering more language options can be expensive, the case is opposite in reality. Rather than providing only one or two international languages, if institutions provide the opportunity for students to study in the language of their choice, the institutions will save a lot of resources in the process.
Thus from the reasons cited above, one can conclude that education institutes should offer students more language preferences to both improve the quality and access to education for people.