The Lack of Morality issue in Pakistani Society

Last week, a friend of mine sent me this email about an embarrassing situation in Swedish universities where the number of Pakistani students involved in cheating cases is alarmingly increasing every year. Frankly, I do not find contents of the email that surprising as I remember well such incidents during my entire student life here in Lahore. It is not just about these students in Sweden but all of us here who start seeing and learn cheating from the primary school and then, perhaps, it becomes part of who we are later on? Consider yourself in an examination room full of students today, say in Punjab University Lahore. If given a chance, tell me honestly, how many of us you think will NOT cheat? May be 10%? What moral values we teach here in our schools to expect anything better?

If you ask your parents or grandparents, they will tell you that things were not as bad 20-30 years ago as they are now. So does it mean Pakistani society lacks morality today or is it just lack of discipline? From breaking traffic rules to breaking lines outside banks when paying our utility bills and even throwing garbage on our streets, isn’t it all cheating one way or other? When a nation is in turmoil, its leaders lack virtue and society lacks morality. Are we really in turmoil as a nation and is there a way out?

My intention of writing this post and sharing the email below is just to raise a few questions in your mind and I hope that you all would share some of the answers with me here. So here goes the email which made me write this post:

Asalam O Alaikum to everyone,

It’s very unfortunate that I am sending you this mail. I had a meeting with one of the Program Coordinators and there were a few concerns raised about the students of Pakistan which he discussed with me openly and requested that I transfer these queries to every student from Pakistan.

It has been brought to the attention of the Management of KTH ((Kungliga Tekniska högskolan [Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)), that a large number of Pakistani students have been involved in cases like cheating. The management is surprised that the ratio as compared to the last year is pretty much high. The issue is so hot that they have even decided to call on a Board Meeting where they will be discussing as “Why do Pakistani Students Cheat?”

This was the same question asked to me and I was confused enough as how to answer it. He told me that there were a few Pakistani students who had been caught cheating and that their case was being investigated. The authorities were curious enough as what led to the students to cheat in their exams as they had selected one of the brightest minds from Pakistan. They were amazed as one of the students even had a very reputable background of good grades and still was involved in such a case. The process of investigation even involved of checking the degrees of the students, their documents and having them verified from universities in Pakistan. I was asked if in my country we had any laws against such kind of acts…..!!!

He told me that he was very disappointed from the behavior of Pakistani Students as he had had a better response the last year and thought better of them. He did warn me that students who had been caught will be dealt with strictness and would be shown that in Sweden they do have laws to keep the circle moving. Now comes the main point which he raised.

If a student is found guilty and he is banned for like 2 months for not attending the lectures (which would be the least punishment), his name would be circulated among all the faculty members so that everyone knows not to permit this student in his/her course. So anyone who has a future vision of completing his Thesis at KTH, or wants to work in Sweden, will have a bad impact when he moves in the market. This student will not only make things worse for himself, but will also make things worse for all students who will be applying to KTH the next term. Because, they will be thinking twice to offer admission to any new student, if he belongs to the same university in which this student (cheating case) had studied.

The next point was that of Pakistani students who came to Sweden on study Visas and then got disappeared else where. Some of the students were checked out by the staff and reported to the embassy. But obviously they could not identify every one of them. Another thought provoking issue was raised over here. If the students are not coming here for studies, then what’s the purpose for which they are here for?

A very disturbing conclusion was made. If a student is not doing anything constructive, then he sure is doing something negative. Of course that is the job of the Police to look into. But why give these students any VISA if they are over here for such activities. They were concerned that Sweden might not turn into the same state in which England lies now! Take the example of Heathrow Terrorist Plans.

My dear friends…

Just ponder, how far these people are thinking. And just imagine what we are doing for ourselves as well as for our country. In like 4 months, we have disrupted the reputation of not only ourselves but also of our country. This mail was written at the request of the Program Administrator as well as through the mutual understanding of some concerned Pakistani students. No one bears any responsibility to the contents in this email. No one should be reached with reference to this email. The mail is highly unofficial and is subject to study purposes for the matter of self learning. This is a request send out through some Pakistani students, to other Pakistani students.

Time to think and act.

8 Comments so far

  1. Hina Farooq (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    its a hard fact that we find difficult to accept that we have forgotten ethics and moral values in our daily life. you find everyone trying to deceive everyone else. take bribary for example. not many years ago people who used to take bribes were considered real bad and criminlas but now not many bother as it has become just another value in our society and perfectly acceptable thing. if our leaders can come on live tv now and say thing absurd things which everyone knows are lies and nobody seems to bother much about it then there is something seriously wrong with our society.

    i really don’t know what is the solution but i see people not even ready to accept that it is serious problem and we need to think and do something about it. excellent post btw.

  2. Farhan Sameer (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    Why do they cheat ?

    Because they are f*cking assholes and don’t give a shit about Pakistan and other hard working students and want to f*ck it up for all of us. These f*cking fagg*ts should be castrated…

    Pardon my french ! This issue has been extremely upsetting personally.

    Farhan Sameer

  3. Hina Farooq (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    @farhan: strange, we seem to get so upset when we hear stories of students abroad but we are not bothered about the same here in our schools.

    the author of this post has also written about this lack of morality issue when it is a swedish university. shouldn’t we be equally upset when we see or hear anything in our local schools?

  4. Farhan Sameer (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    Dear Hina,

    Mass castrations might not be such a good idea if thats what you are suggesting !

    But besides that, one isn’t an ambassador of Pakistan within Pakistan (even though many pretentious pr*cks act like that).

    Some might argue this point, but when outside of Pakistan you are a representative of your country. So its a much more serious issue then. Basics of international travel..

    As an analogy, in Japan, people who commit murder are not generally do not get the death sentence, but food adulterators are sentenced to death as their action affects millions.

    Last year the PIA station manager Jeddah got drunk and decided he wanted to do Umrah and went to Makkah trying to gain entry to Haram-Shareef.

    This news of course made headlines and has no dount tarnished the image of PIA (which is f*cked as is).

    I think i would still stand by my original suggestion..


  5. Hina Farooq (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    Farhan, I do not agree with you. cheating is equally bad if we do it here or outside the country. You are cheating your fellow students by deceiving them and trying to achieve something you do not deserve. Its about moral values and basic ethics.

    Are you suggesting that its really bad if we are cheating ‘swedish students’, getting negative attention there and because ‘they’ would think of us as cheaters. And its not as bad when you are doing the same to your fellow students here in Pakistani schools? I dont think so. And I do not belive that people who are involved in such acts are really bothered about being ‘representative of country’.

    The problem starts right here in our own schools when we do not condemn, protest enough and get upset on cheating issue. Just my 2 cents.

  6. Nadia (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 2:15 am

    Bertrand Russell explains this morality issue beautifully when he says that we have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.

    Our problem is that we preach too much and extremely poor in practicing the same. This world is going crazy.

  7. Bulla (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise in a country where the supposed avant garde of our education system are blatant cheaters!\12\14\story_14-12-2006_pg13_1

  8. M.Tahir (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    Read your posts, found it very disturbing reality.
    I have no doubt that our eduction is pushing us downwards rather than up lifting when it comes to morality issue.
    I do agree with Miss Nadia that “Our problem is that we preach too much and extremely poor in practicing the same.”
    Let me give you an example of our morality. I have been living in KSA as Elec Engr since 31 years and have noticed the behavior of our countrmen in / out of Pakistan.
    The person will maitain his que in KSA while in Pakistan either on arrival or departure he will behave other way arround with no respect to 1st come 1st serve policy.
    Same is reflected in our other social activities.
    Based on this experience your post is no surprise to me.

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