CA Murderer and Our Combined Mental Illness: Letters to Editors
By Concerned Father
I completed my ACCA when most of you never even heard of this qualification way back in 2001 and then joined a prestigious audit firm and completed my CA and now I’m working in a treasury department of a renowned bank. In this last decade, I witnessed the growth of accountancy qualification and how a well reputed career choice turned into a nightmare with stories of joblessness, suicides and now even a murder.
I’ve been on PakistanACCA for last 8 to 9 months and was surprised by the growth of accountancy media in a country like Pakistan. After few weeks, after exhausting myself with many articles and many comments, I realized that our prospective chartered accountants are nothing but a bunch of confuse monkeys. They are continuously complaining that there aren’t enough jobs and they are sick of their own qualification and they even disgraced renowned professional bodies. I wrote an angry letter to PakistanACCA and went into great length of discussion with the editor as what the hell is going on? He shared his knowledge and I shared mine and we conclude a long list of problems.
I always planned to write an article and contribute something to help my young friends but my job demands and consumes most of my times. But what I read yesterday, when there was news of a CA student who killed his parents just because they taunt him because he was continuously flunking his exams, I was concerned and feel sad. I’m a father of two girls aged 3 and 5 and it was really hard for me to accept this accident.
But the most disgusting thing was the kind of comments I read on LinkedIn and facebook groups I’m connected with. And I started to believe that there are many more murderers out there waiting for their turn.
Students started arguing that this is because of the rigid ICAP exam policies or it was parents’ fault and they should be more supportive. Do you really think that it was parents’ fault? Do you really think that they enjoy taunting you when you flunked?
Friends, parents are the only human being on Earth who took pride in your success and would be more sad than you when you flunked your exams. Many of the parents I know in my family and friends never even graduated in first place but still they manage to send their sons and daughters to this prestigious and expensive qualification just to see them successful. Most of those parents had no idea what ICAP or ACCA is? They had no idea what exactly a Chartered Accountant’s job is? But just because they witness successful people in their circles who happened to be Accountants – they want you to follow their footsteps.
And still – There were people out there who were asking Parents to be more supportive.
I don’t know whether that student really killed his parents or not. It will be proved in court of law ultimately. But, if this is true, this is a simple case of insanity. Mental illness is a common problem and we, as a society in Pakistan, simply ignores to accept it.
My point here is that this is not a mistake from ICAP or Parents or your demanding syllabus. Our students need to develop an understanding that they cannot always raise fingers outside and start putting blame. They need to realize and accept the challenges of Accountancy Qualification and current economic conditions.
Your CA exams are a part of your Life, not a Life itself.
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