Directorate of Inspection & Registration of Private Institutions Sindh has officially revoked Civilizations School’s registration
School administration fines Rs. 100,000 for neglection
The Directorate of Inspection & Registration of Private Institutions Sindh has officially revoked the registration of Karachi’s North Nazimabad-based Civilizations School.
The reason behind this move was a video that went viral on social media in which a father highly criticized the school after a teacher had ridiculed a student for speaking in Urdu.
Moreover, reports suggest that the teacher not only provoked other students to laugh at the victim but also put black ink on the child’s face to degrade him.
A five-member inquiry committee was formed after the ward’s father made a video claiming that his son was marked and insulted. A report of the incident has been presented to Sindh Minister for Education and Culture Syed Sardar Ali Shah.
Furthermore, the directorate has imposed a fine of 100,000 rupees on the management for their negligence which allowed the incident to happen.
Sindh Education Minister Sardar Shah said that children cannot be forced to only learn a particular language for studies as learning with the help of their mother tongue is every child’s legal right.
The education minister added that the children who are students at Civilizations School will not be affected due to the revoking of its registration.
Social Media Reacts to Civilizations School Incident
Here’s how social media reacted:
اردو بولنا اب جرم ہوگیا!
استاد بچوں کے کردار سازی کے لئے ہوتے ہیں کردار کشی کے لئے نہیں۔
کوئی اس ٹیچر سے پوچھے کہ وہ اپنے والدین سے کس زبان میں بات کرتی ہے۔
منسٹری آف ایجوکیشن کو چاہئیے کہ اسکول کے خلاف سخت ایکشن لے تاکہ اس قسم کے واقعات آئندہ نہ ہوں۔#Ban_Civilizations_School pic.twitter.com/CLlHkyT6Ip
— Masood Ur Rahman 🇵🇰 (@masud_ur_rahman) January 28, 2023
that's utter shame and uncivilized by so called School, Promoting alien civilizations https://t.co/6QBsnlEl3d
— Shajee (@shajeehm) January 28, 2023
Wah kia civilized school ha yeh civilizations public school… Registration cancel kro, aisey school ki koi zarurat nhi jinhy national language se itni nfrat hai…
— 𝓝𝓪𝔃𝓲𝓼𝓱 (@nazEsadash) January 28, 2023
It's such a shame that we can't speak our national language URDU in our schools.
Does someone have an idea of which language JAPANESE people taught their kids in schools
— Shahid Khawaja (@shahid612) January 30, 2023
The Civilizations School board also responded to the issue by issuing a video for clarity.
Statement from the board of Civilizations Public School. pic.twitter.com/z0SHb18O2h
— Civilizations (@Civilizationspk) January 29, 2023
Has the Civilizations School Incident Become a Norm?
The Civilizations School incident is not a first, earlier a video of a student being brutally bullied in an elite school in Lahore also created havoc on social media. Not only were the bullies suspended, but the victim was suspended as well.
News of traumatic events taking place in educational institutes has raised concerns among parents.
About Civilizations School
Civilizations School was founded by art curator, advisor, writer and Management consultant Hammad Nasar, current Head of Corporate Investment Banking at Banque Saudi Fransi in Saudi Arabia Saad-ur-Rehman, and Ali Khurshid Mustafa.
Here’s their vision as per the website:
Civilizations was established to produce the city’s future leaders. Accordingly, it aims to provide a wide-ranging experience to its students; and develop very specific skills required for leadership. Civilizations is a transformative school. It takes students from diverse financial and ethnic backgrounds, and of diverse abilities, through to a common standard: it produces well-rounded, confident, curious and fully multilingual students who regard the world (and a fast-changing one) as their playground. Civilizations require its students to matriculate in 10 subjects ranging from the German language to English Literature; it ensures each student is coached in sports ranging from rollerblading to Gymnastics to Football. Every student, at some point, takes up every sport on offer. Theatre and debate are recognized as key skills for leadership development. Accordingly, the school provides multiple opportunities every year for students to take part in these activities. Finally, in order to help the students cope with the multiple challenges at school, Civilizations limits class sizes to the lower twenties. Civilizations is a taxing and expensive school. We believe that our children require this investment in order to produce the enlightened leadership of the future.