Rawalpindi:April 28:The Mohallah Muslim High School Citizen Committee has expressed grave concern over the merger of the school with the Govt College for Elementary Teachers Training.
The committee which held an emergent meeting, presided over by the committee president Major (r) Shaheen Tirmizi and Sardar Shah, said that it is ridiculous to merge a bigger and historical entity (Muslim School) into a smaller and new one. They said the training college itself was an intruder into the premises of the Muslim Higher Secondary School, Saidpur Road. Therefore it should be separated instead of squeezing it into an old one which has to expand with the passage of time. The merger will also be detrimental to the flourishing of the training college. They said the atmosphere of the school is being spoiled with the establishment of a co-education college in the premises of a teenager’s boy school.
The committee also met with the Muslim Higher Secondary School Principal Javed Awan and the schoolteachers association. The principal said he would also resist the decision of the merger of the school with the training college as the building, the school and its name have a historic background. The school has played a monumental role in the spread of education for the Muslims of Rawalpindi since pre-Partition days. He stood firm that he would take up the matter with high ups to uphold the sanctity of this prestigious institution.
The name of Muslim High School was given by its founder principal late Syed Niaz Ahmed Tirmizi, after the partition of Sub-continent in 1947. Since then thousands of students have studied in the school and they all feel proud having been be students of this school.
The committee appealed to the Punjab chief minister, education secretary and Commissioner Rawalpindi division to give due regard to the feelings of thousands of the ex-students and the residents of the area as they all have their strong attachment and recognition with the name of this school.
The Mohalla committee also thanked MNA Hanif Abbasi and MPA Raja Hanif for their assurance to name the newly inaugurated hockey stadium in the school premises after late Syed Niaz Ahmed Tirmizi, the founding principal. They also appealed to their political representatives to honour the feelings of their voters and protect their interests for the welfare of their constituency.The news.