A teacher at the Karachi Grammar School once told her class that it was important for them to learn to speak Urdu so that they could communicate with their servants.
This used to be my prize story when dissing KGS or during discussions about how Urdu is being neglected in Karachi.
The top honor, however, now goes to the Convent of Jesus & Mary, where, like KGS, the only Urdu syllabus offered for O-Levels is Syllabus B, aka Easy Urdu.
- Class 10
- Urdu Period
- The teacher walks in and says “You can put your heads down or do your homework”.
I have never forgiven KGS for treating Urdu like a second-rate language and for nurturing the notion that speaking Urdu is somehow not cool. Obviously this is not an official stance but the truth is out there …