- Haseeb Ali Chishti was told that he could not work in a school because his moustache could give liberal ideas to the female students.
- He narrated his ordeal on Facebook, but his post was deleted.
- He said that school owners took pride in their conservative outlook and being told that it will distract girls is just a funny reason for being let go from a job
You are bound to fall in love with this handsome teacher from Pakistan, no doubt about that, but your reason could be tad bit different. His sense of humour could be one thing, but his way of presenting the society he belongs to could be another. As he narrated his ordeal in his (already deleted) Facebook post, a teacher Haseeb Ali Chishti said how he was sacked from his post in a school because his moustache gave "liberal ideas" to students.
Speaking to the New Indian Express, Haseeb Ali Chishti said, "So I was hired right before the school term started. I taught for a week before finding out from another colleague that the school directors are looking for my replacement. When I confronted them and asked the reason why I was being replaced they replied that after seeing me in school with my liberal appearance (I questioned what they even meant) they were afraid the female students might become inspired by me. I thought being inspiring is part of a teachers job but evidently here they meant they don’t want their young girls to be inspired to do something indecent. I reminded them of my two years of teaching experience before but they insisted that I was too young and good looking enough to distract their students. At that point I thanked them for showing me their true mentality and left their office. In that environment, I wouldn’t have lasted a month so overall, it wasn’t that bad. I just take things in my stride."
In his Facebook post, he said that school owners took pride in their conservative outlook and being told that it will distract girls is just a funny reason for being let go from a job. The deleted post read:
Being told ‘your moustache gives liberal ideas to students’ and ‘you’re a young, handsome man… it will distract our girls and faculty’ is probably the funniest reason for being let go from a job but it is also a damning indictment of the mindset prevelant in the education sector in Pakistan.
Increasingly I see schools imposing penalties against students for interacting with the opposite sex, I see school owners taking pride in their “conservative outlook” and shunning programs such as drama and dance for being “vulgar”.
The only thing wrong with a girl talking to a boy in school is the MINDSET that assumes this exchange must be immoral. I long for the day when we won’t have teachers and schools that think like Mohnish Behl back in the 90’s when he says ‘aik larka larki kabhi dost nahi hosaktay ‘ (a platonic friendship can’t exist between the opposite sex).
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:55 PM IST