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1998-2017: Majority urban Pakistanis (69%) continue to believe that English should be mandatory in schools and colleges across the country.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1998 (19 years ago) respondents in urban Pakistan were asked, “Do you think English education should be mandatory in schools and colleges?” In response, 72% said yes it should be mandatory, and 28% said no it should not be mandatory.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, In response, 69% said yes it should be mandatory and 31% said no it should not be mandatory.

Over a period of 19 years, there has been an increase of 5% in the proportion of respondents who say English should not be mandatory in schools and colleges. Meanwhile, there has also been an increase of 3% in the proportion of Pakistanis who say it should be mandatory.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audience. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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