01 October, 2014 / Zilhaj 5, 1435

I HAD a bad experience while trying to reach a prestigious school in Johar Town (junior and middle section) for the admission of my son. The school has been barricaded from all sides.

I understand that there are security issues near a school and the safety of all children has to be ensured. However, all public roads around this particular school have been barricaded. This area is being used as car parking for the school. That is completely unacceptable.

When I asked the guard to open the barricade, the security guard called his supervisor who informed me that they had the permission from the LDA to barricade these roads and let no one in.

I asked him politely to show me a photocopy of the permission letter. The supervisor called up the school office and told them about my request. The office responded by telling him that I was not welcome inside and I should leave the premises.

I do not wish to single out this school for this particular incident, but I would like to draw attention to the fact that our disregard for law has become so extreme that even elite academic institutions, which are supposed to produce the nation’s leaders, are blatantly violating the law of the land.

Was I wrong in asking the school administration for the permission letter from the LDA? Would I have gotten the same response had I been driving a Land Cruiser with a truckload of armed guards behind me?

What is the point in teaching morals and ethics in schools when schools themselves are morally wrong?

Pakistan is facing an extremely difficult political and economic situation. The last thing we need is another generation of morally bankrupt, self-serving and myopic leaders who are being trained in our schools right now.

DR IRFAN CHAUDHARY Lahore


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Comments (10) (Closed)


Arshad Jamil
Nov 13, 2012 05:27pm
Home and schools/educational institutions are the building blocks for instilling moral values to individuals, who in turn form a nation.
Saeed
Nov 13, 2012 01:09pm
Regret to disagree, if everyone ignores this morally bankrupt decrepit institutionalized behavior just because one considers it an ego issue than only God can help Pakistan. One has to take a stand and its not a waste of time. When people start to take alternate routes they are only helping to perpetuate this problem. You did right doctor, now take them to task. This is not an institution that can be trusted with our future.
Sam
Nov 14, 2012 02:20am
We can only blame other countries for everything.
Karachiwala
Nov 14, 2012 12:07am
Welcome to the reality, have fun and enjoy being in land of the pure!!!
Jamila (Karachi)
Nov 13, 2012 10:53pm
As one comment here shows, we as a nation have become insensitive to such indecencies and injustices. One who asks the right question is targeted and asked not to argue with school security. Dr. Irfan, you have our full support as you did the right thing. We must fight these zombies who are plaguing our country and our society!!!
Nadeem
Nov 13, 2012 06:39am
Absolutely true
saqib
Nov 13, 2012 09:38am
You must have nothing better to do than stand there and argue with the school security. I have the same problem near my house in Karachi but i just take an alternate route because to me time is more valuable than getting one up on the ego battle.
Gerry D'Cunha
Nov 13, 2012 09:04am
rules and laws are only made for the poor to follow in pakistan - the rich and elite of the country dont care for these rules and laws. these elite only follow the laws when they step in another country.
Amn
Nov 13, 2012 01:48pm
I like your stance. if more and more people demand such things, it may get better. The school perhaps has never been asked for such papers before. But if they get repeated such requests, they may pay heed.
Aziz
Nov 13, 2012 04:11am
Long story short "Absence of Will" to look into the moral and ethics of a state of affairs on every ones part. Things can change drastically when change comes from top or from a selfless leader (in present situation must be an x-men series character who can heal himself up of bullet and bomb wounds) who can lead a mass movement. How long a chaos can go on?