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Elite schools: unethical teaching ethics

November 13, 2012

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