Pakistan: Cleric-cum-politician furious over return of Ahmadiyya owned schools in Rabwah

 

These Ahmadiyya run institutions were nationalised and taken over by the government in 1972, according to an Ahmadiyya website. Since 1972 these had been managed by the Government of the Punjab. 

Minister for School Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan was grilled during the Question Hour at the Punjab State Assembly over the department’s decision to hand over a number of schools to private organisations.

Malik said, according to an Express Tribune report, that 8,000 schools in the Punjab had been closed and he defended the public-private partnership strategy in general. He said that schools under private supervision were reporting better results than government schools.

Further, according to the Express Tribune, the Pakistan Peoples Party’s Faiza Malik made disparaging remarks about a parliamentary committee involved in the procedural aspects of the school transfer. However, the speaker expunged the remarks.

In the matter of schools previously owned by Ahmadiyya community, a cleric and Nawz group politician, Maulana Ghayasuddin, expressed his concern at the alleged transfer of government schools back to the Ahmadiyya community and organisations associated with it.

These Ahmadiyya run institutions were part of the privately run schools that were nationalised and taken over by the government in 1972, according to an Ahmadiyya community website. While, over time, other nationalised institution were handed back to their originals owners, the Ahmadiyya owned institution were never returned and since 1972, these had been managed by the Government of the Punjab.

The Ahmadiyya community has claimed that “these institutions, apart from a sharp decline in their educational standards, are now suffering from gross neglect by officials, and the lack of proper maintenance has severely affected their physical state.”

“The situation is nothing short of criminal neglect,” it is further asserted.

However, according to the Express Tribune, Maulna Ghayasuddin alleged “in a fiery speech” that such actions would lead to deterioration in the standards of education.

Neither the minister nor the Chair responded to his speech, the Express Tribune stated.

Pakistan: Cleric-cum-politician furious over return of Ahmadiyya owned schools in Rabwah

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