By Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: District Police Officer (DPO) Lower Chitral Wasim Riaz summoned and questioned three sacked teachers of The Langlands School and College (TLSC) for pasting posters in Chitral bazaar against Principal Carey Schofield accusing her of bringing down the quality of education in the institution after taking over seven years ago.
Mr Abdullah, a former vice principal and a co-founder of the school, along with four other teachers was terminated after Ms Schofield took charge of the school. The sacked teachers challenged their dismissal in Peshawar High Court (PHC) where the case is under litigation.
But a few days back, the group pasted posters in Chitral Bazaar claiming that the school had seen “failures and downfall” during the seven-year tenure of the current principal.
In the posters, it was alleged that from 2013 to 2018 the KP and federal governments provided a total of 185 million rupees to the Langlands School for the construction of buildings for the junior school section, a boarding house and a multipurpose hall.
The sacked teachers alleged that the principal failed to initiate work on any of these projects and misused the funds.
Besides, they added, the standard of education in the school deteriorated and this year 10 students failed in SSC part II and 23 in SSC part I exams. Moreover, no student of the school could take admission to any professional college of the country during the last about seven years.
Keeping in view the falling standard of education, most people have withdrawn their children from Langlands School and College and admitted them in other schools. As a result, the number of students in the school has dropped to almost half, they added.
“In the past when the school was operated on a monthly budget of about Rs1.2 million some elements alleged corruption in the institution. But now when the monthly budget has reached Rs5 million they see no issue in it,” the sacked teachers wrote in the posters.
The sacked teachers demanded action against the school management for the best interest of the students.
When contacted by ChitralToday, the DPO said: “Whosoever violates the law, rules and regulations of cyber crime and instigates people against anyone on the basis of [his/her] religion and nationality and tries to create a law and order situation, police will take action.”
About the nature of the complaint on the basis of which he had summoned the former teachers, the DPO said the police were monitoring the social media to tackle any law and order and other related issue.
He said he had also asked the sacked teachers to come up with evidence against the principal if she had done anything to harm their reputation.
“I’ve told them to submit substantial evidence to support their claim, if so, I will certainly take action against Ms Carey,” he added.