Education: girls get unfair treatment

There is a lot of discussion on the reservation for women in the legislatures, priority for girls' education, dropouts in schools, etc, by women politicians. But the reality is that they are selfish and are not bothered about the progress and prosperity of girls.

I refer to the media report (Dec 14) that girls get unfair treatment in education, which is the foundation for progress. The report reveals 40.93 per cent of village schools in six districts are without teachers. Only 34.17 per cent such schools have toilets for girls. Only 81 per cent primary schools have drinking water facilities.

The most pathetic matter is that girls of class IV and V come early for sweeping and cleaning the classrooms. This shows how the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is working. I wish our politicians who fight for votes and their own prosperity work honestly.

B S GANESH, Bangalore


Judicial activism

A lot is being said these days about judicial activism. However, the need of the hour is to debate, threadbare, in-activism or complete failure of both the executive and legislative machinery. For, it is this aspect that has given birth to judicial activism.

For instance, when the executive machinery of the education departments fails to see the hardships faced by students, from nursery schools to that of professional colleges, judicial intervention would naturally be both necessary and welcome.

Thus, any restraint on the so-called judicial activism, an unwarranted necessity of today, may be counter-productive. It is necessary to ensure that laws are promptly and sincerely executed. Then there will be hardly any need for the judiciary to intervene.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh

Dalit population

Your editorial “Dalit welfare” (Dec 11) had good advice to the government on this issue. You have rightly mentioned that education can certainly help in improving the living standards of the Dalits, but the fundamental reason for their poor condition is the unbridled increase in their population.

Unfortunately, neither any political party nor any government is doing anything worthwhile to control the fast increase in the population, especially of those belonging to the downtrodden. Unless the population growth is checked, all welfare schemes or plans will fail.

A.K.SHARMA, Chandigarh

Why exempt them?

WHY is the law on seat belts not applicable to the drivers of government vehicles, especially gypsies of the Punjab Police.

Surprisingly, no action is being taken against them by the traffic police. If a normal citizen is driving without seat belts, he/she is immediately punished.

But drivers of government vehicles are left scot-free. Is the law not for all? Are the drivers of government vehicles above the law?



Shocking incident

Molestation of a student by her own teacher is shameful enough (The Tribune, December 15). That the student involved is a foreigner come here on an education exchange programme, and the teacher a Sanskrit professor, makes the offence extremely disgusting and unpardonable.

No less shocking and detestable is the fact that this took place in a prestigious college in Delhi. Such incidents lower our image internationally and discourage foreigners from visiting this country. No wonder, despite innumerable places of unique historical/cultural significance and scenic beauty, India’s share in tourist trade worlwide remains pathetically minimal.

 Wg-Cdr S.C. KAPOOR (retd), Noida

Killer buses

A lot of media coverage has been given to the Blueline buses killing people on Delhi’s roads. Throwing buses off the road will not ease the problem; rather it will add to the transport menace.

The need of the hour is to examine at the micro level the reasons for the large number of accidents. Apparently, the accidents occur because of human error or technical failure or even both, but Blueline buses are perhaps prone to accidents due to human error. This needs a careful study.

M.S. GILL, Kokri Kalan (Moga)

Need for skills

I endorse Sunit Dhawan’s opinion in his article, “Higher education a mess” that bookish knowledge won’t help today. What is needed is personality development and skills.

In fact, we need skilled workers befitting the job requirement. To stem the rot in the system, the top brass should take steps to make general knowledge and personality development a permanent part of education.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepore City



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