LAHORE – More and More people have started calling the Beaconhouse “Enemy of the State,” the institution finally had to come out and responded.
The Beaconhose called this social media outburst as a propaganda campaign against it.
Here is the full statement:
Beaconhouse is deeply grieved to note a sudden flurry of social media activity labelling it an ‘enemy of the state’. This engineered hate campaign on 3 major social media platforms cannot be further removed from reality. The spirit of patriotism and commitment to our beloved land is deeply embedded in all Beaconhouse students, employees, and owners. Our students demonstrate pride in their national identity, even as their achievements take them to global platforms. Moreover, many of our schools have been operating in army cantonments for decades and we feel privileged to be a school of choice for the defenders of our country.
This hate campaign was initially launched by an ex-employee of The Educators who was terminated for physically assaulting his line manager. An FIR was lodged against this individual on 26-12-2017 as well as a defamation suit in the District Court Multan on 06-04-2018 and a criminal complaint in the FIA Cybercrime Circle on 24-02-2018. This individual, however, does not alone have the capacity to sponsor a campaign of this magnitude. He has become a willing pawn in the hands of certain media individuals whose motives are still unclear. What is 100% clear, however, is that this hate campaign is not organic. It is fully engineered and sponsored, and we have lodged another strong application with the FIA Cybercrime Circle to identify and take action against these miscreants.
The core issue in this campaign pertains to the highly regrettable but inadvertent misrepresentation of the Pakistan map in the textbooks of The Educators. The Educators has in the past acknowledged this human error and apologized to its parent body. Attempts have been underway to rectify it since 2015 when this was first brought to light. This process has however taken longer than expected because there are 267 images of the Pakistan map in 21 textbooks/workbooks/teachers guides for Social Studies, History and Geography from Classes 1 to 8 featuring political borders, population density, rainfall, topography, and Pre-Partition maps. Many of these maps have since been corrected, but unfortunately, not all mistakes were identified on time, resulting in further misprints in 2016.
All textbooks of The Educators have once again been proofread and the proposed drafts submitted to the Punjab Curriculum & Textbook Board (PCTB) in May 2018 for their official approval, which is now awaited. If The Educators truly wanted to promote an anti-Pakistan agenda, why would it have correctly represented political boundaries in the majority of the maps? Moreover, since the real target of this hate campaign is Beaconhouse, why has Beaconhouse not made the same blunder in its own textbooks? Answers to the above may be deduced by any reasonable and fair-minded person: that it was nothing more than human error.