Another day, another teacher beaten and shot!

Teachers and students are two most important factors of the society. Being a person born in Pakistan I have been taught to respect teachers and agree to them as they must be considered equal to my parents. Being born in a family where education is given very much importance I was taught to never even talk back to the teacher even if I had a simple dispute with any of the teachers. Yet today I see news of another teacher being beaten by a student or a group of them. This is not only alarming for the sake of respect of the teacher yet it also reflects the light on how we as a society have become so violent that the students, the kids, our future is acting out.

Being a student and practitioner of Psychology, I understand that we have had this anger, this violence in us since Pakistan was born. Insufficient resources and other environmental have only added on to it, however I still don’t understand that how as a society we are tolerating such scenarios around us. We like it or not, teachers have put an impact on us. We idealize them, we despise them. We pray that a teacher becomes absent for a day or two yet when we reach somewhere in our life we salute them. We respect the hard time we were given by the teachers. We understand why they did what they did.


“In this time where we are witnessing major shift in our social and culture dynamics, this is a point to ponder, that how are we going to resolve issues like this. In Pakistan we have people who are blind followers and to make them see the other side of the coin, we need better teachers. Yet if this is how we are going to treat teachers and for that matter any other profession, who is to conclude that we will get the quality of the professions that we need to proceed as a nation.”


Actions like these, the act outs, killings, will we ever be able to justify them, in any context? I remember reading Ashfaq Ahmed and his tale of the time he had to go to the court. I am sure most of the people have heard of this story, many thanks to “Zavia” television program. I also remember his conclusion of the story, He concluded that he understood why that society has flourished and ours is not.

In this time where we are witnessing major shift in our social and culture dynamics, this is a point to ponder, that how are we going to resolve issues like this. In Pakistan we have people who are blind followers and to make them see the other side of the coin, we need better teachers. Yet if this is how we are going to treat teachers and for that matter any other profession, who is to conclude that we will get the quality of the professions that we need to proceed as a nation.

We all are focused on individualism and we do have many movements for many civil rights, yet we are not thinking and obviously not taking any measure towards inculcating moral values in our youngsters. If the intolerance keeps rising at the same rate, regardless of all the financial reforms, all civil rights or everything that we are trying to achieve will be in vein. We need the moralities that are part of our culture, religion and society. We need them now. Pakistan is bleeding internally, we need to heal it.

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3 Comments

  1. Fahim Khan says

    a very well written article by aiman. appreciate your effort. Respect your teachers. whatever the consequences is. hope people understand what value of teachers is in life. Thank you Aiman for this amazing post. +1 from my side.

  2. Iqra Arooj says

    This is becoming an imp issue in Pakistan which needs review. Govt needs to take legal actions so that no student would have the courage to even look at the teacher with a bad eye.
    It is a heartbreaking event how one can lend a hand to a teacher who is working to make our society a better society.
    We all should raise our voices to stop this immoral act. Welldone @Aiman_Saba

  3. Ms Khan says

    The article written is stupendous delineation of a very ironic reality we’re living in….
    This is a true demonstration of education is absent in or educational institutions where culprit acts as law and victims is entitled of offense.
    By all means still, we’ve been not able to prioritize ethics over demands..
    It’s time we either wake up, or our future will sleep forever.
    Well done Aiman, it’s truly a cognizant, active and speculative message if taken positively. ❤️
    As a nation may we start a change from inside, as a government may our people become humans before politicians now.. Amen

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