By Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: The board of governors (BoG) of Langlands School and College has accepted one of the demands of the parents and teachers to include the deputy commissioner Lower Chitral in the BoG as a member.
A handwritten letter, a copy available with ChitralToday, was delivered to the DC Naveed Ahmed through a special messenger about a week ago.
Through the letter signed by Javed Majeed, Siraj Ulmulk, Masood Ulmulk and Zubeda Begum, BoG members, BoG Chairman Raza Kuli Khan requested the deputy commissioner to attend a meeting of the BoG in January in Islamabad.
The inclusion of the deputy commissioner will ensure ending the monopoly of the BoG, financial and physical auditing and scrutiny of government grants and funds.
The deputy commissioner Chitral used to be the chairman of the BoG as the school was established in 1988 by the then deputy commissioner Javed Majeed.
But in 2015, in connivance with Principal Carey Schofield, BoG member Siraj Ulmulk managed to end the role of the deputy commissioner.
The re-inclusion of the deputy commissioner is largely seen as a victory by the protesting parents and teachers.
In early October this year, teachers and students held a protest demanding removal of the British principal for allegedly misusing funds.
A 15-member parents’ council, consisting Abdul Wali Khan Abid (advocate), Dr Noorul Islam, Prof Sahibuddin, Ali Afsar and others, was formed in the wake of the Oct 2 protests against the principal.
The principal and the BoG have been accused of misusing government funds. The BoG in connivance with the principal allegedly misused Rs100 million grant-in-aid given to the school by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in 2014.