MQM's APMSO & ANP PkSF beat up college principal for not allowing them to cheat
Criminal gang MQM's APMSO and ANP's PkSF wanted principal of a college in Karachi to allocated them a seprate room where they could easily cheat and help out students associated with their gang. Principal resisted and refused their demands so he was beaten and his office was ransacked..
Intermediate examination: Political activists thrash principal for not ‘cooperating’
The activists of arch rivals, Pakhtoon Students Federation (PkSF) and All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organization (APMSO), joined hands on Wednesday to resist the moves the intermediate board took to curb the cheating culture during exams.
The activists barged into the office of Government National College’s (GNC) principal, Prof. Waseem Adil. They wanted to punish him for ‘not cooperating’ during the Urdu intermediate exam on Wednesday.
The administration and staff of National College, which is situated at Shaheed-e-Millat Road, were being threatened for the past three days. The activists would roam around the college during exam hours to make their presence felt. “But we managed to thwart their attempts with the help of police and Rangers,” said Prof. Adil. The signs of assault were clearly visible as he talked to The Express Tribune. Adil’s checked shirt was torn apart and the furniture in his office was reduced to little pieces. His computer lay broken in the hallway. “The activists kept asking me to allow cheating in the exam for their associates,” he said. Adil has been the principal since February 2011.
Even though this year Board of Intermediate Examination Karachi (BIEK) made very strict security arrangements, but as soon as the answer scripts were being collected and the law-enforcement personnel went on a lunch break, APMSO and PkSF activists barged into Prof. Adil’s office. “They literally threw me off the chair and manhandled me,” he said, his voice full of shock and disappointment. The examination centre’s superintendent, Prof. Zaheeruddin Khan and the BIEK officer responsible for guarding the answer scripts were also present in Adil’s office. Both ran for their lives when the assailants entered the office and threw things about. They also smashed up Khan’s car on their way back.
Meanwhile, the police and Rangers learnt about the situation and rushed back to the college. They vacated the college and sealed the gates, but by that time the attackers had made their escape. But they had help from the inside as well. Their compatriots, who appeared in the Urdu exam a little while ago, began hurling stones as big as melons over the college’s boundary wall, damaging the vehicles parked inside.
Since the exams began on May 7, a couple of minor incidents had been reported across the city. But after the attack on Prof. Adil, Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) announced to boycott the exams from Thursday. The body said that the teachers will not jeopardise their lives.
“I believe that it has now become impossible for us to hold examinations at this centre anymore,” said a resigned Prof. Adil. The principal for the evening shift, Prof. Najeeb-ur-Rehman announced that he will use the college to hold exams in the second shift as well.
Prof. Mirza Athar Hussain, SPLA’s president, reached the college with other representatives to show their solidarity. “We will not continue unless the administration and the BIEK ensure protection to the teachers,” Prof. Hussain told The Express Tribune. He said that about 40 APMSO activists also barged into Admajee Government Science College on May 7 but the administration managed to resist them by calling the police and Rangers. The next day, on May 8, PkSF activists had tried to enter Government College for Men in Nazimabad. They even managed to cross the Rangers’s picket but eventually left. “But by attacking Prof. Adil they have crossed all limits,” said president Hussain. “The coalition partners of the government are equally responsible for this hooliganism because they are the ones who gave their student activists a free hand.”
Although SPLA called for a boycott of exams on Thursday, it took back its call later.
Meanwhile, APMSO and Awami National Party (ANP) have denied any involvement in the assault. APMSO’s general secretary told The Express Tribune that the organisation had extended its full support to all the college principals for curbing the cheating culture. Even the Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPAs had been in constant contact with the teachers. He declared the incident as ‘utterly shameful’ and alleged that an ethnic organisation was threatening the administrations of colleges for the last three days.
Responding to the SPLA, APMSO’s general secretary called it a body of ‘so-called religious teachers’ who should focus more on educating their students.
While the ANP’s chief of its Sindh chapter, Senator Shahi Syed, condemned the attack on Prof. Adil and said that the government should take indiscriminate action against those involved.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.
Letter to editor Dawn news.
THIS is apropos of the report ‘Teachers manhandled for not allowing cheating in exams’ (May 10). The unfortunate incident of manhandling and beating teachers at government college in Karachi, is disheartening and social brutality to say the least.
It’s simply outrageous and intolerable. The teachers were humiliated and physically tortured just because they refused to turn a blind eye to the students cheating in examinations with impunity.
The brutal treatment meted out to the builders of the nation speaks volumes regarding moral degradation, for no civilised society can ever think of insulting the people who mould and shape its future.
Unfortunately, cheating seems to be an accepted reality in our examinations these days. Students cheat in exams without least realising that it is cancerous. It erodes them like termites erode wood.
They can get degrees by unfair means but knowledge remains a distant dream for them, and hence they fail in their practical lives miserably.
Such students are advised to mend their ways. They must know that only hard work, respect for their teachers and prayers they earn from their parents, elders and teachers can help them attain their desired goals.
It is time the government and the authorities concerned rose to the occasion to take effective steps to curb the menace of cheating to save our youth from being spoiled and worthless.
Efforts, at the same time, must be made to protect teachers from such humiliation and painful experience. Their respect and dignity must be maintained and upheld if we really want our nation to make progress with pride and dignity.
KHADIM HUSSAIN SUBHPOTO
Very shameful act of insulting a senior teacher! Gangsterism in students politics was introduced by student of Jamat Islami 'Islami Jamiat Talba' in 70's and 80's and then boosted by all the students wings of all the political parties. Shame to Jamait for introducing gangsterism in educational institutions and shame to all others who followed Jamaiat'a footsteps!
Do you have any proof, evidence or you just slur it.