It’s a dream of every parent to provide the best education to their children from best institutes like Cadet College Petaro, Aitchison College Lahore, Military College Jhelum etc. Unfortunately their children don’t qualify for the admissions as they fail to come on the merit list. This is just because the roots of corruption, money and source have crept long inside the educational institutes such as Aitchison College where from decades of years the students were being selected on source by using the powers of our so-called leaders to get their kids qualified for the admission. Thus, killing the merit of those innocent children of the common people who burnt their midnight oil to achieve good marks in entry tests.

Dr. Agha Ghazanfar was appointed by the Board of Governors (BoG) as a principal of the Aitchison College for a period of five years which was to end in 2018. He conducted the entry tests on pure merit bases. Soon after that he received several phone calls from the so-called politicians like Ayaz Sadiq the speaker of National Assembly, Yousuf Raza Gillani the ex-prime minister of Pakistan and many other politicians to get their sons passed in the entry test.

In total disregard for merit and the fact that former Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar had abolished kinship quota last year, the influential personalities started pressurising the Principal to grant admission to their children. However the principal refused to cave in to their demands even when threatened that he could lose his job, which he did eventually on Tuesday, 28-July.

The honest principal stated it clearly to them before the conduction of entry test that if your son falls on merit list then he will get admission, if not then he is very sorry. Soon the entry tests were held and the children of these political leaders failed to get admission in the prestigious institution as they failed to obtain the required score – Sadiq’s grandson Ayan Sadiq scored 18.78 per cent while Gilani’s grandson Miran Mustafa Gilani obtained 40.22 per cent, much lower than the cut-off score to gain admission.

The above politicians who believe that might is still right, called the BoG to remove the principal, appoint a new one and subsequently get their sons fall in final merit list. As a result of this all, the BoG called three meetings and the principal was badly abused even after that he didn’t edit the final merit list. A fourth meeting was conducted without sending any notification to the principal to attend the meeting and in which it was decided to fire him.

Kudos to Mr Agha Ghazanfar for struggling for justice. Confirming the reasons behind his removal, Dr Ghazanfar said that Aitchison is increasingly becoming a hotbed for corruption and the authorities do not care about merit. From a small post of a police constable to the Provincial Public Service Commissions every seat is sold. This country will not get on the right track until and unless a silent invasion happens. A silent invasion in the form of revolution. Pakistan is already suffering a lot, in fact more than that from the corruptions. The merit has not only been murdered but brutally murdered. This nation grieves on this act of the politicians. Our nation instead of going on the paths of success, is going down to paths of failure.

CADET NASRULLAH ALI BAHALKANI,

Petaro, July 31.