In a section of press there is debate on the Langlands school and college established and working in Chitral since 1986. The controversy started when security agencies cancelled the visa issued to the former principal Miss. Carrey Schofield, a journalist and writer on military subjects. She is also author of a book on Pak Army. Some people are of the view that the school will collapse in case Miss. Carey does not return to Pakistan on fresh visa. Some people are indulged in leg pulling and mudslinging. Plain fact is that Major GD Langland, the owner and founder of GD Langland School Trust is alive to guide the trustees. Miss Carey Schofield stayed in the school for one and half years. The school will survive without her services as it flourished without her since 1986. Personalities are never indispensable.
Another fact about the Langland school is that it has millions of Rupees as endowment fund raised by Maj. GD Langlands and the fund is under the supervision of the Langland Trust registered in Joint Stock Company of Pakistan. Moreover the federal and provincial government have spent more than 600 million rupees in the school infrastructure over the past 27 year. The school has a spacious property spread over 70 kanals of land and its junior section is housed in government guest house next door to DC house in Chitral.
Practical options to end the controversy on the school are two. Option one is to hand over the school along with the endowment fund to the Chief Minister KP, who is a humble student of Maj. Langlands at the prestigious Aitcheson College Lahore. The provincial govt. will run the school on the pattern of Peshawar Public School and College Warsak road, to secure its future. Second option is to hand over the school and its endowment fund to Corps Commander II corps for running it as a Cadet College for Chitral. In any case Maj. GD Langland should be honored as the founder principal and his role should be held in high esteem.
Dr. Inayatullah Faizi