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Saqiba committed suicide

“Mom, I just don’t want to go to my institution tomorrow, this teacher has given me a headache/heartache/stomachache and all sorts of aches. Only a thought of her is enough for me to think of committing suicide and hold her responsible, that way she’ll be put behind the bars and I’ll be happy up there, like very happy”, those were my words when I was mentally tortured by one of my teachers who would always make sure to insult me in the class, it was the period when I suffered because of low self esteem and inferiority complex. Thankfully, with family’s help and lots of positivity around I coped up with it. I was told to discuss the issue and not keeping it to myself.

“Mom, I just don’t want to go to my institution tomorrow, this teacher has given me a headache/heartache/stomachache and all sorts of aches. Only a thought of her is enough for me to think of committing suicide and hold her responsible, that way she’ll be put behind the bars and I’ll be happy up there, like very happy”, those were my words when I was mentally tortured by one of my teachers who would always make sure to insult me in the class, it was the period when I suffered because of low self esteem and inferiority complex. Thankfully, with family’s help and lots of positivity around I coped up with it. I was told to discuss the issue and not keeping it to myself.

Unfortunately, it might not have happened to Saqiba, a seventeen years old college student in Quetta, who took her life leaving a handwritten note behind, holding her college principal responsible for all the mess in her life. According to media reports, her college principal Abida Ghous had refused to accept Saqiba’s admission for Intermediate exams. “In the wake of the principal’s decision and the deadline for form submissions fast approaching, my sister lost hope and committed suicide by taking poison,” Saqiba’s brother Aizazullah Kakar said.

Let’s say Saqiba lacked strong will power and gave in to the tough time she was made to face. Again, a question, if we say parents is to be held responsible for not taking appropriate measure when Saqiba showed her frustration but what about teachers? Shouldn’t they have known dealing with the situation sensibly? Why principal had to be so rude to Saqiba?

“You see everybody can’t become a teacher, you can’t become a teacher with only a degree in hands, you need to be properly trained for this noble profession” says Shahida Kazi who is a renowned journalist and an educationist. “In this case principal didn’t have to be rude to Saqiba, if we believe this was the case”, Ms. Kazi further tells.

“In this case, there should have been character building, of both, the teacher and the student. Severe situation could easily have been avoided”, says secretary education Sindh, Fazalullah Pechuho.

Unfortunately, even in universities, you complete your degree, get first division; you are offered a job the next day. How and where did the student-cum-teacher qualify for the job, where did he/she learn to deal with psychology of the student?

I don’t know what to write, what statistical information I should add to my blog? I have seen girls, only for the sake of earning few thousands a month, do teaching jobs. And schools on the other hand, for the sake of investing less money, hire under-qualified teachers to do the most challenging and responsible job.

Saqiba’s case is an eye opener for all. For all the persons who call themselves “Teachers”, it is a wakeup call. For God’s sake, students are sensitive, they are taught to dream, dream big and chase those dreams. Especially in teenage when emotions are at its peak, you need to deal with them very cautiously. For you government, isn’t it about time teachers’ training projects are started? We surely don’t want another Saqiba.

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