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Don’t shut schools

The report regarding the closure of 1,170 schools for not meeting the RTE norms (January 18) is shocking. If these schools have five teachers and a minimum of 50 students each, it means about 5,850 teachers have become jobless and 58,500 students and their parents are suffering. The report says that most of these schools lack basic facilities such as drinking water and toilets.

I disagree with this view because a person who opens even a very small school must have arranged for toilets, electricity and drinking water facilities. Many educationists are of the view that big buildings, libraries and playgrounds are not essential to run a school, but true spirit in the teacher’s heart to educate a student is a must. Rabindernath Tagore taught his students in the open air. That is the true spirit of teaching.

There are many government schools which have no toilets, no drinking water facility and no boundary wall and other infrastructure, the report says. Actually, the government is only trying to improve the infrastructure of the schools under the RTE, but not improving the quality of education.

Nirmal Singh, Phagwara

Medical students' protest

My junior friends might not agree with the rural service conditions of the MCI/Ministry of Health, but then who will take responsibility for the health of ruralites? The protesting medical students must realise that the government is responsible for the all-round welfare of society and they should support it.


Care for parents, too

Of course, the wife has a right to know the financial position of her husband. But she must not become a hurdle in the husband’s obligation towards his parents. After all, they have brought him up and spent their earnings on him. Couples must be educated to understand each other’s obligations.

Women should care for their parents if their brothers are not taking any interest in them. The editorial “Women's rights” (January 30) correctly says that lawmakers are trying to make the divorce proceedings less complicated while considering the maintenance needs of women. The lawmakers must also keep in mind that the wives should realise their responsibilities and duties regarding helping the husband and his family. Alas, in certain cases, not a single penny is spent on the family, leading to disturbed marriages.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurgaon

Talk out of suicide plan

It was shocking to read that a B.Tech student of a Jalandhar college had commited suicide following an objectionable SMS sent by his classmate (February 3). After attaining higher education, the students are expected to serve their family and society. How will they do so when they even donot learn to solve such minor college problems? The distraught student should have taken the help and guidance of his friends, teachers, parents or police. It would have saved his life. And, saved his family the grief and the accused classmate the guilt.

Sohan Lal Gupta, Patiala

Name matters

My forefathers migrated to Punjab from the Bikaner riyasat about 200 years ago. They stayed on the bank of a pond surrounded by trees named rohida (teakwood type). The area thus began to be called Rohidanwali. In the Punjabi version, it was later modified, first to Rohidianwali and then to Rurianwali (Rurian means collection of waste and is derogatory). I wish the Government of Punjab restores the original name of Rohidanwali to the village.

Dr DP Godara, Abohar

Majithia’s legacy

The photograph of Sardar Dayal Singh Majithia, founder of The Tribune, (February 2) filled me with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the unique Sardar.

Sardar Majithia did not start The Tribune as a commercial venture. It is essentially meant to serve the larger national cause. The successive editors of the paper have scrupulously upheld his lofty ideas and served his cherished cause with remarkable steadfastness. Impartial, objective, unbiased and fair reporting is the hallmark of the paper. No wonder, it occupies the top slot among the English dailies of North India.

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

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