Actual goodbye mr. chips
The English language novel Goodbye Mr. Chips had become a fixture of the Pakistani educational experience for many who read under the Punjab education system. For 55 years, the novel by English writer James Hilton, has been taught to students across the Punjab Textbook Board.
Earlier today, news broke that the Punjab Textbook Board is considering replacing Goodbye Mr. Chips with essays on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for the English language syllabus
A change in intermediate curriculum announced as
"Good Bye Mr. Chips" is now replaced by "Stories From The Prophet's(PBUH) Life" in English 2nd year book after 56 years! pic.twitter.com/Ozsr2g60R8
— K A S H I S H 🇵🇰 (@Kashish_Naeem) March 13, 2019
While some people appreciated the “pious” move and thanked the removal of a very dated novel
GooD Bye Mr.Chips
Punjab board has finally decide to remove all novels of Mr.Chips from Intermediate Syllabus these chapter will be replaced by life of Holy Prophet (PBUH)
GOOD STEP GOVERNMENT❤ pic.twitter.com/ryXzeah25F
— Ayesha❤ (@Ayesha40728) March 13, 2019
— Hira Ali (@Hira_Ali001) March 13, 2019
Shukar…Warna Chips jesa boring insaan aj tak nahi dekha…😪😂🙊 pic.twitter.com/x7Kci4SwWh
— Maira💜 (@Mairalacious) March 13, 2019
There are many in Pakistan who had become rather attached to the novel
Personall, I very much liked the novel “Goodbye Mr Chips”. I felt good when I could discuss it with my father, uncles, brothers and non English teachers#GoodbyeMrChips
— Adnan A Malik (@adnan_a_malik) March 13, 2019
Mr.Chips was a good piece of literature
— 🦋 (@mughalThinks) March 13, 2019
People aren’t exactly taking the change in a very positive way
Teacher:Dear students,our government has decided to remove Mr.Chips from Intermediate.
Students 👇👇😂😋 pic.twitter.com/EyyCrxvLJL
— Muhammad Ehtasham (@Ehtasham46) March 13, 2019
Although many are in agreement that it is indeed time to say goodbye to Mr. Chips because the novel was written in 1934 and predates much of the current events. Heck, it literally ends with Mr. Chips dying of old age as Hitler is coming to power so it definitely misses a shit ton of current events since then. We’re waaaay past Hitler now.
Especially those who had finally been able to crack the code and get familiar with the novel
Novel 'Goodbye Mr Chips' excluded from Academic course after renaming part of FSc 2nd year for 55 years!
Although, this novel was hated by students but for me it was a very emotional story, tilting my interest towards lectureship.
Good Bye Mr Chips.
You will be missed. 😔 pic.twitter.com/PUbysHJHYe
— AhmAd IbrAhim (@AhmAdTipu7) March 13, 2019
Apparently, the novel was a hard part of the English language syllabus for many students because it constituted a large portion of the English exam but was archaic and not a very interesting read for many students.
But may don’t care that the novel was old and needed to be updated, they’re much too attached to Mr. Chips and Katharine’s story
— Muddaser Abbas (@AbbasMuddaser) March 13, 2019
— Faisal Sajjad (@FaisalSajjad402) March 13, 2019
And they’re certainly not ready to say goodbye to their beloved characters, it seems.
Fucking hell. Goodbye Mr Chips has been removed from the curriculum.
— Rao (@CasualRao) March 12, 2019
It is understandable that although forced to read them, one does become attached to things that the way they have been, especially for something that has been around for 55 years! It’s kind of like Stockholm Syndrome where you start feeling more comfortable with your kidnapper if you spend more time there, than with your new life of freedom.
Will pay tribute to Mr Chips by eating Chips after dinner.#ByeByeMrChips
— Saba Malik (@Sab_PK) March 13, 2019
If you ask me, all change is good. Although I would have preferred a more current novel. There are many great Pakistani English language novelists to choose from but I guess they must have thought of some reasoning when replacing this novel with essays on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Did you read the novel? What are your sentiments about this move by the Punjab Textbook Board?