Teachers’ dilemma: to punish or not

In your editorial “Spare the rod” (Aug 14) you have rightly presented the school teachers' dilemma. These new and harsh regulations, which include the filing of FIRs against teachers, certainly would fan the fire of indiscipline in our schools that have so far been a bit better than our chaotic institutions of higher learning.

The sole measure, though wrongly perceived, of a teacher's performance being end-results, presently no teacher fails any of his students in internal examinations and goes to the extent of “helping” his students, through all unfair means, in external ones. Still one cannot advocate the continuation of corporal punishment on this very account. However, before pounding on teachers who depend more on corporal punishment than their teaching skills, this “result-gauge” to rate a teacher's teaching faculties needs to be abandoned completely.

For, with absolutely no power at his command (because he cannot fail even undeserving-to-pass students for fear of getting punishment that often is harsher than the “corporal” one from the higher authorities) a hapless teacher would always remain at the receiving end from all - students, parents and school management.


Though the new pro-children regulations are yet to be notified to individual schools, the teachers in general have already vowed (this is from the horse's mouth) to remain silent spectators to every kind of academic/non-academic hooliganism of students. And one soon would see its results that won't make anyone happy except the schoolchildren!

BALVINDER, Chandigarh


You have very rightly summed up the ticklish issue of corporal punishment in the schools. Actually, it is a very dicey issue and certainly not as simple as it has been made out to be. No doubt, brutal punishment in schools is totally undesirable but at the same time the right of a teacher to discipline the students should not be taken away.

Schooling is the most important period of one’s life. The foundation of the future of a human being is laid during this period. It is important that a balance is maintained during this period. The teacher should inculcate right values in students and students should learn how to behave. The parents should have a very limited role as far as the conduct of the students in the school is concerned. People should have faith in the ability of the teachers to judge the students and handle them accordingly. Too much interference by the parents is, in fact, bad for the students only.

A.K.SHARMA, Chandigarh

What Independence!

It was the 60th year of Independence. I woke up in the morning to find newspapers filled with reports of India shining. I went over to wash my face and there was no fresh water coming. I set out for a stroll, only to find cars being washed with a lavish use of water on the street.

The servant whom I was just able to afford was on leave, trying to feed her ailing son. I felt really sad. I tried to switch on my PC only to find that there was no electricity at home. A neighbour rang the bell of my house so that she could make a phone call to her relatives. Well, her telephone lines were dead.

Is it not a sad state of affairs? Are we really free? I am sure there is enough money coming up through taxes. The tragedy is that it goes into the pockets of the corrupt and the powerful rather than the needy and the deserving.

The elderly may complain that the youth do not take active part in politics. But, I wish to ask if the elderly who occupy various posts are ready to leave them for the younger generation.

Someone has rightly said that the maintenance of freedom is more important than its attainment. We are still in the shackles of the unworthy and the corrupt and need to be set free. Only then I will be able to wish my country a happy Independence Day!


Taslima's contribution

India owes a lot to Taslima because at a time when everyone was casting doubts on India's secularism she placed before the world well-researched facts to prove that Bagladeshis had been destroying temples in hundreds before and after the one and only mosque demolition in India.

“Lajja” describes graphically tortures inflicted on the minority community in Bangladesh almost as a state policy. She has raised some questions that our Parliament should have taken up with Dhaka. We should have honoured her for taking up the cause of the minority community on our behalf; instead we failed to provide her security! The least our otherwise vocal leaders can do is to honour Taslima with the citizenship of India and ensure permanent disqualification of the MIM MLAs who violated all codes and laws by threatening to kill Taslima.

L.R. SHARMA, Jalandhar



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |