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M A I L B A G

Revamping school education

SS. Kaushal has suggested various measures to revamp the educational system, especially in Haryana’s government schools (Aug 21). The headmaster’s hands ought to be strengthened. He should be made the master of all situations. At present, he has no teeth to mend the ways of inconvenient and recalcitrant teachers. Destructive unionism among teachers must be curbed with a firm hand. Otherwise, one cannot enforce discipline in the schools.

Primary education has remained the weakest link in the system today. The cooperation of village panchayats is necessary to improve the schools’ functioning. Annual inspections should be done away with. Instead, surprise visits by top officials will serve a more useful purpose. The posts of teachers lying vacant for a long time need to be filled expeditiously. Window dressing won’t do any good if the schemes formulated are not implemented properly. Revamping education needs a strong political will which is lacking today.

SHYAM SUNDER SHARMA, Principal (retd), Kurukshetra


 

II

The policies and programmes to revamp primary education will help little unless and until the very approach of the educational system is changed at various levels - from the ministry to the school level. Opening more and more schools will not serve the purpose.

The major sufferers of the present system continue to be the poorest of the poor students. They will remain a misfit at home, at school and in society if we don’t take timely measures. Formulation of new projects will not guarantee quality education.

Though sixty years have passed since Independence, little has been done to streamline the primary education. Sincere and dedicated efforts are required at all levels of the system. The elite, the rich and senior teachers should take the initiative to send their wards to government schools. Presently these sections admit their children in costly public schools. How can we ensure quality education in the government schools if we ourselves don’t have confidence in them?

HARINDER SINGH, Tarn Taran

III

Current issues of science education are never discussed in the annual convention of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. This implies that we don’t bother about our duty to reform the syllabi, the curricula, examination papers or evaluation practices.

Changes sometimes have consequences on the students’ learning habits. For example, the CBSE has recently re-designed the question papers to reduce stress on the students. But has it ever been debated in our forum properly? No. Can a few one-mark disjointed questions do justice to the conceptual learning of physics? Why couldn’t it be made part of a full question on the basis of a concept as earlier?

The Punjab government, with private partnership, will set up 100 Adarsh Schools in the rural areas. It appears to be a populist measure. Why does the government not think of improving the working condition of the existing government schools? Teachers could be appointed directly without government regulations.

SURJEET SINGH, Mohali

Himalayan blunders

I read the editorial “Himachal calamity” (Aug 16). During 1970-1971, I was working with the Forest Survey of India at Shimla. Mr Sujan Singh Pathania, then Transport Minister, Himachal Pradesh, was my colleague during those days.

The Ghanvi-Rampur area belt was having thick forests. Along the higher reaches, the soils of the Himalayas are fragile where in thick forest keeps the soil compact and intact. But during the last 36 years, hydro dams were made for power generation. The reservoirs inundated large areas of the forest cover and, to provide infrastructure to dams, a number of roads, colonies and urban settlements were created at the cost of the forest of the temperate region. These Himalayan blunders are encouraging cloud burst, landslides and soil erosion.

R.S. BAIDWAN, DFO (retd), Mohali

Yash Pal’s column

I want to express my admiration for Yash Pal’s column (July 27) on dark matter and dark energy. The first two sentences conveyed so much candor and humility of the writer that I put to paper down to reflect on his character.

I myself do not have his scientific or materialistic view of the universe, but that is incidental. I feel a huge appreciation for his unselfconscious, fair, non-promoting sense of himself, which is rare. It is ultimately more important and more needed by the world than what scientific knowledge he has.

RICHARD LARSON, Kullu (HP)

IT boom and divorce

Arup Chanda’s report, “IT boom leads to spurt in divorces” was timely (Aug 13). Definitely, the divorce graph is on the upward trend. The IT professionals are forgetting their priorities. The young adults exercise both freedom and choice to enter, maintain and terminate wedlock.

Today, the western social leadership realises how married life has become a dog-and-cat life and how the young adolescents must be educated about certain basic attitudes which alone can equip them to use free association in marriage to mutual growth and happiness.

Factors that disrupt married life are jealousy, bigamy, vanity, revenge, self-will, low-hate, selfishness, credulity, illicit passions, discontent and false praise. Those ensuring stability in married life are, among others, leading a pure and holy life, giving priority to strengthen the marital bond and achieving higher purposes of life.

If we adopt resolutions like, “I shall never break my home”, “I shall always show affection” and, above all, “I shall never indulge in corrupt practices”, these may help save the marriages. Self-will holds the key to peaceful and happy wedded life. The IT companies should train their professionals on moral values, duties and responsibilities during the training. This will not only improve the work ethic but also strengthen the social bonds.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepur City


 


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