Carey vows to come back

Published in Daily Mail UK on June 28, 2015.

Last week, it appeared the Major had succeeded in his mission – with the help of some of his former pupils – after accusing Miss Schofield of upsetting parents and teachers with her rigorous management style. There was ‘no question of her coming back’ he said in an interview.
But now Miss Schofield, who said the pupils behaved like the cast of St Trinian’s when she first took charge, has told The Mail On Sunday she has no intention of standing aside and will return to Chitral as soon as possible.carey
She said: ‘Major Langlands has no power to sack me. I’m not at war with anybody. The coup was presented as having been successful but actually it wasn’t.
‘I am delighted by the support I have received not only from the governors but also from the teachers, the parents and the pupils for me to return and get on with the job.
‘It is very frustrating. This term, for example, for the first time in the senior girls school we had a school play going. It doesn’t sound like much but it was a groundbreaking event in our district. Much bigger than this joke attempt at a coup. But because I was stuck here, I didn’t see it and that’s really heartbreaking.’
It is a tale that evokes the days of the Raj and a lost empire.
Langlands, who is known as Pakistan’s Mr Chips – after the book about a beloved teacher – had been the principal of the school for more than two decades until Miss Schofield took charge in 2013 when he decided to step down.
The Major, who has taken tea with Princess Diana, enjoys celebrity status in Pakistan. He came to British India in 1944 during the last years of the Raj, before going on to teach cricketer Imran Khan and many of Pakistan’s future rulers at Aitchison college, known as the Eton of Pakistan.
He joined Langlands, then Sayurj Public School, in 1989. Under his tenure, the school projected a reputation for excellence. But Miss Schofield says that was a ‘myth’.
Speaking near her one-bedroom flat in Chelsea, she said: ‘The legend Major Langlands so successfully created was of the old military man who taught in England before the Second World War. That’s what people thought they were getting. In reality it was worse than any Pakistani school. The legend was built on sand.
‘There was no connection at all between the myth he was peddling and the education he was giving. The school was in a parlous state. School fees used to be collected in cash. There were widespread allegations of theft. Teachers were not always paid.
‘The school was like St Trinian’s. The children were not turning up and left whenever they wanted. Some teachers didn’t come to school and if they did would sit drinking tea while the classes rampaged. There was no discipline. We’ve had to restore order on every front.’
Born in Surrey, Miss Schofield read English at Cambridge before becoming a foreign correspondent. She has written several books, including one about Pakistan’s army.
She says she drew on her experience as a school governor in Britain to transform Langlands. The school, founded in 1988 by local deputy commissioner Javed Majeed, now provides education for almost 1,000 girls and boys aged from four to 18. Under Miss Schofield, the bank now handles all fees, the school operates fully in English, students wear uniform and prospective pupils must sit an entrance exam. Earlier this year, she sacked eight of the school’s 54 teachers who were under performing.
‘In Pakistan it is culturally not the norm to be sacked,’ Miss Schofield says. ‘But Imran Khan’s government has said government schools will get rid of people who can’t perform and he’s right.’ All eight sacked teachers are taking the school to court for breach of their fundamental rights.
It is also suspected some contacted the Major for help.
When Miss Schofield flew to London last month, Langlands travelled to Chitral and attempted to seize control of the school. He also urged Pakistan’s interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar – a former pupil of his – not to renew Miss Schofield’s visa.
Nearly 200 parents and virtually all of the staff have signed petitions calling for the Major’s orders to be ignored.
‘The visa hasn’t been refused,’ Miss Schofield said. ‘It just hasn’t been granted yet.’ Langlands last night told the MoS: ‘I have been working in Pakistan for 71 years and everyone has been satisfied with everything that I have done.
‘The real reason the lady doesn’t like me is because I’ve got too much support. I hope all will turn out well for the school but that cannot be with the presence of the lady.’
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5 Replies to “Carey vows to come back”

  1. It is so painfull to hear from Carey that she brazenly declares the achievements of Mr. langlands as a myth.If it is so the way you portray it then what about the scores of doctors, engineers and bureaucrats it has produced so far.
    May i venture to ask you Madame? what are your contributions?Firing a few teachers,sending one of them jail,increasing fees manyfold with heavy penalty in case of delay, errecting boundry wall in a haphazard way thats too under compulsion of govt.requirements,arranging concert programme at hotel in order to entertain your guests,extending financial bribery in the name of salary. Also tell me have you brought a single penny to this school? of course not.Then what about the money which you spend so levishly, so carelessly,so boastfully.It doesn’t belong to you.It belongs to Mr.langlands.If every thing belongs to langlands then you have no moral right to utter a single word against the great man.
    Your becoming principal was a mightmare and now my free of cost suggestion to you is that don’t ever think of coming back to chitral and do one more thing;extend unqualified apology to British people and pakistani people for maligning Mr.langlands because the man is revered equally in both countries.

  2. When we study in Langlands School, our school was bomb attacked many times, our English teachers warned to go back to England, they always afraid. Also block Dolomuch road many times. Yes accountant do big corruption in sir Langlands time but he never insult teacher like Miss Carey. He respect teachers and teachers respected him.

  3. After reading this article it is clear that Miss Carey jealous of Sir Langland fame & the whole topi drama of capt siraj is to divert ppl attention.
    Look what lady say about our Principal Langlands. She is like British imposter, knows nothing about running school. if she principal school in england, why she leave? tell me. She only knows to write book for money. If she come back, we will send her back from court. All decision she take illegal. That all ppl know & we not let TLSC become expensive school for rich only. This is Sir Langlands school, and court will also order, you will see.
    Miss Carey get 100 lives, then not equal one legendary Englishmen Sir GDlanglands.

  4. Nice to hear that Miss Carey Schofield is coming back to Chitral. Its a good sign for the school administration, teachers, students and parents. We hope to see the lady back in Chitral

  5. Whenever I heard of Miss Carey I remember the lady principle at Hogwarts (Harry Potter). Anyhow, her decision is appreciated, and she is more then welcome.

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