Monday, May 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



Arresting teachers for teaching

O my God, to which direction are we leading? Teachers are being arrested for taking private tuitions. In other words, they are being arrested for “teaching”!

Sadly enough the word tuition, of late, has earned a notorious reputation. Thanks to the gang of non-educationist administrators, who currently have usurped the role of educational experts, and have waged a war against teachers who take private tuitions, a new entrant to the long list of our social spites.

One finds it a funny when these exalted sahibs talk of eradicating this so-called educational malice, which in fact is the outcome of a failing education system that they themselves have woven. For, one still can notice a number of chauffeur-driven official cars that keep waiting, for hours together, outside the tuition houses to pick the wards of these very sahibs.

Those teachers who undertake private tuitions serve the nation perhaps better than those who do not teach either in classrooms or outside. And teaching, particularly as a private tutor, is both physically and mentally taxing. As the students here remain more demanding. Here they don’t bunk classes or go on strike as they do in schools and colleges.

Yes, majority of such teachers don’t pay taxes on their earnings through private tuitions, and are legally on a wrong footing. Still these now made culpable teachers, unlike the majority of other corrupt officials, help in producing actual doctors and engineers for the nation.


But then why, at the first instance, discriminate teachers by not giving them non-practising allowance like doctors? And may one ask that how many doctors have ever been arrested, on the pattern of teachers, for undertaking private practice? And why the private earnings of both teachers and doctors cannot be made tax free, like the earnings of big sahibs from their allegedly bogus agricultural produce of their farm houses that many of them acquire at the beginning of their exalted service. A teacher, getting a higher salary than such officials, cannot even dream of owning a farm-house even if he resorts to private tuitions! Doesn’t everybody know that the so-called agricultural income, mostly alleged to be on paper alone, is there to laundry their dirty earnings?

It would be a great service to the nation if these barra sahibs, sitting, wrongly or rightly, at the helm of our educational affairs, could bring a proper and apolitical learning atmosphere in our educational institutions. In case they are seriously thinking of improvement in our sliding education system they should first put a ban on the politically backed elections in our varsities and colleges before putting a ban on ‘teaching’, private or public. They should ban the politically motivated appointments to the posts of higher educational administration before putting a curb on ‘teaching’. And then see the difference.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh

Crusade against tuitions: Though it is immoral and unethical for a teacher to indulge in tuition work, still the evil has persisted for long. The teachers are bound by their service rules to keep away from such dirty task. Year after year rules are flouted with impunity. There are reports of government schools where teachers were found absent for months together and they were running public schools nearby. Further these teachers hired senior students or others at very low rates to teach classes on their behalf in government schools.

The situation in colleges is slightly better. A small proportion of teachers indulges in tuitions in case of science and math subjects. Sometimes dubious means have also been used to rope in students for private groups at home. Creating fear of low assessment in practicals, using coercion and even harassing a student if he or she is going to some other teacher for such purpose are common. In other subjects like commerce, economics, English, statistics etc. students opt for tuitions for varied reasons like less classroom teaching, inability of a teacher to deliver the goods. Some students opt for it just for the sake of opting it.

Whatever the reasons may be, these cannot be used as excuse for indulging in tuitions. Now the Punjab Government is serious to eradicate this malady as it has sought affidavits from the governing bodies of non-government colleges. Government colleges observe it in letter since long and from now they will follow it in spirit too. It is common to cry hoarse about rights and keep silent about duties. So teachers and government should do their duty honestly.

G.K.S. SIDHU, Barnala


Transporting kids

This is to bring to the notice of the authorities the overloading of three wheelers with schoolchildren. Many a parent’s heart jumps to the mouth whenever a three wheeler with children to stuffed like broilers goes by. Why cannot these vehicles be stopped from carrying schoolchildren? Does this not fall under the purview of the traffic authorities or can this be only done through a PIL?


KU MCA test

Kurukshetra University has postponed the MCA entrance examination from 19.5.2002 to 8.6.2002. This is the date on which Panjab University’s MCA entrance examination is already scheduled to be held.

Thousands of students applied for both MCA entrance examinations thinking that the Kurukshetra University MCA test is on 19.5.2002. Kindly change the date of the KU exam.

A. K. SACHDEV, Abohar

Smoking in buses

Though the Supreme Court has banned smoking in public places, buses and trains, Haryana Roadways has not implemented the order so far. Smoking in buses by the roadways staff not only encourages other passengers to smoke freely but also causes inconvenience to non-smokers.

OM VERMA, Chandigarh


After the withdrawal of cars and drivers of the PSEB officers, I heard two young girls in a Chandigarh-Ludhiana bus talking thus: “Ab mem Sahib ko kitty mein, bachchon ko school mein aur naukrani ko subzi mandi mein chhodne kaun jayega?”

“Aur mehman bus adde aur doggie pet clinic kaise jayenge?”


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