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RTE, a step in right direction

In his article Bright but less privileged(May 4) Harish Dhillon makes an attempt to compare the old scheme of scholarship with free and compulsory education under the RTE. The government scholarship was based on a competitive test in Class VI; whereas admission to public schools in Class I is without any reference to merit. Then it was a question of excellence through competition, but now it is a matter of educating the under-privileged children, providing opportunities to excel.

Private schools are not supposed to run institutions on a commercial basis. They owe something to the poor sections of society. The RTE tries to make them understand this aspect. Vacancies of teachers are not caused, as alleged, because the government is unable to pay but because of administrative lethargy and apathy. Provision is always made in the budget for all the sanctioned posts.

The RTE is an endeavour to make the profit-earning institutions realise their social obligations. Mr Dhillon is, perhaps, wrong to think that the government is shirking its responsibility and passing the buck to private schools. The neighbourhood school will take most of the burden relating to enrolment and the residue will be passed on to the private schools in a spirit of social obligation.

The government should see that the fee structure of private schools is brought under stern control based on certain principles rather than allowing the whims of the private schools to prevail.

The government is fully conscious of what after elementary education. The aim of the RTE is to universalise elementary education and the rest will take care of itself.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula


Mr Dhillon has made a tactful plea in favour of private schools which have been asked to admit 25 per cent of the students from weaker and disadvantaged sections under the RTE Act. He admits that there are a large number of schools which in fact, are run as commercial ventures.

It is no secret that such schools have amassed crores of rupees over the years and demand extra funds from students on one pretext or the other. Can’t these schools reduce their margin of profit to fulfil their moral and social obligation, instead of passing on the buck to the government or the parents?

JP GARG, Chandigarh

Maoist posters

I read the news report in The Tribune regarding Maoist posters seen in Ferozepur area. The government should see the writing on the wall first. Was the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh only meant to liberate India from the British rule? If the followers of Bhagat Singh feel betrayed by the present set-up prevailing in our country and if they are awakening the masses, Indian politicians feel threatened.

Instead of removing the genuine grievances of masses, politicians are doing their best to project such voices as anti-national. The real threat to the nation is not from Maoists but from that elite class which is holding the reins of power turn-by-turn and befooling the common people.

Frustration is brewing among the honest, sincere, hardworking people of this country. The common man is losing faith in the so-called Indian democracy. Mere voting is not called democracy.


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Choice of the people 

The column Ground Zero: Return of the puttar(May 2) by The Tribune Editor-in-Chief Raj Chengappa was brilliant. In a short span of time Mr Chengappa has brought about a marked change in the paper. Besides diaries from prominent cities of the country, the feature “The last word” makes interesting reading. I have a few suggestions for making the paper better.

Start a weekly film review column. On the lines of the “Inside Pakistan” column, cover all SAARC countries. The Health Tribune must reserve a slot for homoeopathy. Incorporate major cities of the country in weather report. Leading articles which are to appear in the ensuing Saturday Extra and Spectrum should be advertised before hand. The tagline ‘Voice of the People should be followed by ‘Choice of the People’.




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