Problems in Education

Problems in Education

 

The anti-Ahmadiyya lobby gave high priority to hurt Ahmadis in the field of education, after getting them declared non-Muslims. The Ahmadiyya group was the most educated community in Pakistan. Proportionately they were prominent in the faculty and student population of institutions of higher learning. But after 1984, the government and the mullas hit them hard in various ways. Ahmadi lecturers were posted away to distant locations and some were not allowed to teach. Ahmadi principals and headmasters were replaced. Ahmadi students were deprived admission in professional colleges. They were refused accommodation in attached hostels. They suffered attacks by extremist elements on campuses.

All this was undertaken with the help of student wings of religio-political parties. Organizations like Islami Jamiat Talabah and Anjuman Talabah Islam played a condemnable role in maintaining a turbulent environment for Ahmadis in educational institutions. Both men and women were targeted. The authorities became willing instruments in permitting and promoting this discrimination. In 2008, for example, in a coordinated move, the mullas, the students, the staff and the college administration of the Punjab Medical College Faisalabad expelled all the male and female Ahmadi students from the college.

The government nationalized all Ahmadiyya schools and colleges in 1972 as a matter of state policy. However, when it became clear that it was a bad policy, the authorities returned all the educational institutions to original owners – but not to Ahmadis. This tidal wave against the Ahmadiyya education shows no sign of ebbing.

Nationalisation of Ahmadiyya educational institutions