Karachi: Teacher beats student unconscious
Karachi: One has heard of severe disciplinary action throughout Pakistan’s schools, but a teacher at a private school went to a new extreme and brutally beat one of his students unconscious for not wearing a tie during school hours.
The teacher, who is also the principal of the school, left bruises on his student, Sataish Khan, after he struck him on the forehead and the face for his minor disobedience. “My son is studying in Class IV at a private school in Baldia Town, where a teacher named Gulzar assaulted him,” the boy’s father, Mir Sada Khan, told The News.
Khan said that although a tie was part of the school uniform, he believed there was no reason for the teacher to assault his son in such a manner. The student’s father cringed at the fact that the teacher struck the young boy on his face.
He added that when Gulzar initially noticed that Sataish was bleeding, the teacher tried to administer first aid, but this was to no avail as he was unable to stem the flow and Sataish fell unconscious, Khan claimed.
“My son was studying at another school. However, I was dissatisfied with the institute, so I consulted Gulzar who told me to enrol my son in his school.” But little did the father know that his adviser would later physically abuse his son.
Gulzar was a friend of Sada Khan and the two had a good understanding. At the time, Khan had contemplated moving his son to another school and agreed to enrol his son in Gulzar’s school.
“I never imagined that Gulzar would turn out to be such a nasty person. I had asked him to provide my young son with a decent education, instead he beat my child till he bled,” Khan said while reflecting upon his son’s traumatic experience.
In addition to this, the father of the injured child said Gulzar would adopt various methods of extracting extra money from parents. He would ask them to purchase books and answer scripts directly from the school. “These books were unavailable in the market and I would be forced to order them. I now believe that this was a trick he used to make more money in addition to the tuition fees. Following the beating, I pulled my child out of the school.”
After his bitter experience with private schools, Sada Khan has decided to enrol his son in a government school, as he feels that private institutions are only interested in making money.
Meanwhile, he has appealed to the minister of education and other officials of the education department to conduct an inquiry and punish Gulzar so that principals and teachers like him never raise a hand at students again.