CHITRAL: Member National Assembly (MNA) Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali on Monday demanded the government immediately arrest British principal of Langlands School and College along with a local member of its governing body for alleged corruption.
Speaking at a press conference along with parents, lawyers, protesting teachers and civil society activists, he said opening of the school on court order was not enough as “we want arrest of Carey Scholfield and BoG member Shahzada Siraj Ulmulk for their alleged involvement in systematic corruption in school funds.”
He also demanded the government order a through probe into the alleged embezzlement in school funds under one pretext or another.
“Siraj Ulmulk [a local BoG member] and Co under the garb of civil society are trying to grab 54 chakorum land of the school which the people of Chitral will never allow to happen.”
According to him, on the one hand it was claimed that Ms Carey was working as a principal on a voluntary basis and on the other she was doled out Rs5.9 million under the head of her accommodation expenses for a period during which she stayed out of the country when her visa was blocked by the then interior minister.
“What is the justification with the principal to withdraw Rs10,550,121 from Bank Al-Falah Chitral branch and pay it to the hotel owned by Sirjul Ulmulk. Besides, how the principal withdrew over one million rupees with a single signature,” he questioned.
He said other monthly expenses of the principal were not included in whatever amount she had withdrawn from the bank with the help of the school’s non-existent BoG.
He said two members of the school’s BoG – Shahzada Siraj and Shahzada Masud Ulmulk – belonged to the same family which was in no way acceptable.
“The sitting deputy commissioner and some parents should be made members of the school’s BoG and the current members should immediately be removed,” he maintained.
He also came down hard on Ms Carey for “harassing” a senior most female teacher of the school when she went to the school on the insistence of the parents on Monday.
He said the principal not only stopped the female teacher from entering the school but also harassed her after she refused to sign an undertaking.
The MNA said a writ petition will soon be filed in Peshawar High Court (PHC) in consultation with other stakeholders against former chief minister Pervez Khattak, the commissioner Malakand Division and others for handing over the land of the school to a private society by ending the role of the deputy commissioner.
“I’m going to challenge this in Peshawar High Court as why such a big institution was left at the mercy of a handful of individuals,” he said.