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Encourage players

Our players performed reasonably well in 17th Asian Games in Korea. But to improve, the state governments need to do more. States like Punjab and Haryana must aim for a sports revolution as it will also stop the drug revolution. Our hockey team deserves special incentives as it has seven Punjabi players. I am surprised there is no mention of the Indian women’s cricket team.Our arch rival Pakistan has won the only one gold medal by this team. Even in 2010, their women’s cricket team had won the gold medal.

LT-COL (retd) BS Sandhu, Ludhiana

Politicians in drug racket

The news item “Top Cong, SAD leaders got money from Gaba family, says drug diary” (October 7) reporting the involvement of Punjab politicians, both of the Congress and SAD (B), and some NRIs who have shared booty from the Gaba family of Goraya involved in the ~6,000-crore drug racket synchronised by Gaba, Bhola and a Delhi-based synthetic drug smuggler Varinder is shocking for all those who have lost their wards to drug addiction.

Such crime by politicians is as heinous as that of the drug smugglers. They must quit their positions and be meted the same treatment as an ordinary criminal gets in a similar situation. They must be arrested and interrogated. Politicians in Punjab have let down the masses, particularly the youth whose future they put at stake, by perpetuating the drug trade and patronising the drug mafia.

Brij Bhushan Goyal, Ludhiana

Quality of education

The editorial “Like teachers, like pupils” reflects the true condition of government schools. Teachers have been recruited just to nurture vote banks and display data of enhancing the literacy rate. The standard of education has been falling. Many students from the lower strata of society come only to collect stipends. The parents who can afford private institutions avoid sending their children to government schools. There is a spurt of deemed universities and commercialisation of education.

State eligibility tests were started for teachers, but malpractices in these tests cannot be ruled out. Cheating in exams conducted by various education boards is not checked. Teachers should be part and parcel of the policy enforcing mechanism. They should be free from non-teaching work and extra burden so that they can impart quality education. Accountability at every level should be fixed. Undue political interference must be stopped in transfers and appointments.


Inculcate values

It is essential to introduce career-oriented courses at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Today, students lack values which are a serious obstacle in the way of their personality development. They do not have respect towards their teachers and elders, disabled persons and women. They are not ready to abide by law and order. They lack patience which is essential to attain success. Boards of studies of universities should include value-oriented subjects in the syllabi of all courses at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Lectures on these subjects should be transmitted on EDUSAT to imbibe moral values in the youngsters.

NAIB SINGH, Saha (Haryana)

Old system good

Apropos the editorial “Like teachers, like pupils” (October 11), many states, including HP, have sought a second opinion on the RTE and its provisions such as the no-retention policy for students in elementary classes. Rural education is still a dream. Almost 90% students are enrolled in government schools that lack quality education. There are hardy 220 working days in an academic year in schools. The number of holidays should be restricted.

It is shocking that many teachers have flunked the central eligibility test. Promotion avenues to such teachers should be restricted. The government should select heads of school through direct recruitment by the commission so that efficient persons occupy the helm of affairs.

The old system of annual examination with poor performers being retained in the same class should be revoked. Teachers must be made accountable for the pathetic state of affairs. The teaching profession seems to be the last option for most aspirants.


Reform education

The editorial “Like teachers Like Pupils” (October 11) highlights the fractured education system. It's an outcome of our past actions when the country expanded quantitatively rather than qualitatively. Parties in power tried to gain political mileage with the opening of a large number of educational institutions but failed to swim against the tides to improve the quality.

The government should bring reforms in the sector. The use of technology should be encouraged. However, the teacher-taught relationship should not be undermined. Students get knowledge and ethical values from their teachers and parents. Strong measures should be taken in the selection of a teacher as he affects the lives of a new generation.

Dr Ramesh Dogra, Panchkula

Train teachers well

The situation has hardly improved despite better qualifications of teachers, their higher emoluments, certain innovative steps by the administration and sufficient security in service. The teachers obtaining half-baked training by immature and unsatisfied teacher educators are usually made target for deficiency in delivery of service. But our training institutions and administration are as much responsible for the malady. Educational reforms are immediately required in the areas of training (pre-service and in-service) , methodology in tune with latest technology, recruitment of teachers, examinations and zero tolerance of teachers' vacancies. Unless education gets a qualitative facelift in a holistic manner, much should not be expected in the areas of skilled labour and higher education. The government should hold a debate by inviting all stakeholders.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula 



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