School for politicians
Jaspal Singh

Sometimes when well-educated and highly-qualified people say something idiotic, you feel like asking them "May I please see your degrees?" Many people come across as quite educated until they open their mouth. Their parents often remind them, "Son, we are expecting some guests and as long as they are here, keep your lips zipped so that your lack of knowledge doesnít spill out."

There is no second opinion about it that educational qualification does give a person a lot of confidence. It is very pleasing to know Ramesh Majhi, Orissaís Information and Technology minister, at the age of 33, has appeared for his higher secondary examination. He is further aiming at getting a bachelorís degree. It is also possible that he may have approached some university to give him an honorary doctorate though the Vice Chancellor may have humbly advised, "Sir, before we do so, you have to attain college-level education on your own." If the minister is sincerely improving his educational credentials for advancing in his political career, he could be a role model for many.

Two brothers, who were in the same class, came home after appearing in an examination. Their father asked how they had fared. One said, "I gave the teacher a blank answer sheet." The other brother said, "I, too, didnít know any answer and submitted a blank answer sheet." The father yelled at them, "What will the teacher think? You copied!"