By Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: The governing body of The Langlands School and College (TLSC), which runs on donations from government and private individuals, showed an “extreme generosity” towards its British Principal Carey Schofield by releasing her over Rs10 million in one go as an overdue salary and accommodation expenses without explaining the period of the dues.
According documents available with ChitralToday, on March 3, 2017, three members of the governing body approved Rs10,550,121 for the principal about two years after her return to Pakistan after being denied visa by the then federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Langalands, who passed away last year, had approached his former student Chaudhry Nisar after the principal terminated the services of five teachers, including the vice principal and co-founder of the institution.
The principal and her supporters moved from pillar to post to restore her visa claiming that she would turn the school into a mini-Cambridge.
According to the letter of the governing body, Rs5,975,121 incurred by the foreign national from March 2013 to October 2014 for herself and for visiting “volunteer teachers and advisers” were released from the Chitral branch of Bank Al-Falah.
The governing body also approved Rs4,875,000 against her salary but did not mention the duration against which Rs5,975,121 were approved for her accommodation expenses.
“It was resolved at a meeting of the governing body of The Langlands School and College on 3rd March 2017 that overdue salary amounting to Rs4,875,000 should be paid to Miss Carey Schofield from the school’s bank account held at Bank Al-Falah in Chitral,” read the letter.
“It was also resolved at the meeting that accommodation expenses Rs5,975,121 insured by the principal between March 2013 and October 2014 for herself and visiting volunteer teachers and advisers should be paid to Miss Carey Schofield from the school’s bank account held at Bank Al-Falah in Chitral.”
Meanwhile, former district nazim Haji Maghfirat Shah demanded a “physical and finical audit of the school’s accounts and a third-party validation” of the school.
Mr Shah said the late Langlands also used to bring volunteer teachers from abroad but never spent a single penny from the school funds on their accommodation etc.
When contacted, Sirajul Mulk, one of the members of the board of governors, denied any illegality in the affairs of the school and claimed that all the documents regarding financial transactions were “bogus.”
He said the British principal of the school had been trying her best to attract investment to the school and parents and teachers were happy with her performance. He said he had had no financial interest with the school or the principal, who he said was the best and dedicated teacher.
An email was sent to Carey Schofield to get her version since she is currently living in London but she did not respond.