SHIKARPUR: Education plays the most important part in the development of a country. But if the education departments do not function properly, they can destroy students’ futures. The recent case of suicide of an engineering student shows the detrimental effects of harsh behaviour of teachers. Before ending his life, the student wrote a letter holding his professors responsible for driving him to the extreme step by discriminating against him due to his ethnicity. This bleak picture of teachers’ behaviour and university management raises a number of questions about our education system. A professor apparently failed the student twice in the same subject, making him unable to complete his degree on time. This led him to develop anxiety and depression. In Pakistan, many students have committed suicide, but the government have so far failed to probe the matter. Nothing has been done to restrain biased teachers. A teacher is supposed to impart education and to be free from prejudice. Prejudiced teachers should immediately be removed from their position and appropriate and deterrent action should be taken against them. Universities are supposed to diffuse knowledge and to promote liberal values. Mistreatment of students is common across our universities and this must be fixed in order to improve our education system.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2019.