'Don't find fault with teachers only'
This is with reference to ‘So what did you learn at school today?’ (August 5). In Inspired India, you have touched the topic that needed to be reviewed seriously. We should not find fault with teachers only. There are other reasons also such as seminars during the session of schools due to which the teachers get unable to pace up with the syllabus then other holidays. So how would they cope up in teaching the students? And how would the students get on with their studies?
-Raman Deep, Law student, Punjab
'Make the teachers accountable'
This refers to the article “So what did you learn at school today?”.
Kudos to HT for highlighting the problem of absenteeism of teachers in government schools. That India ranks second highest among the countries in relation to teacher absenteeism is a clear pointer to the sad state of education in our country.
Majority of the children belonging to parents below poverty line have to attend the government schools. If the teachers themselves play truant or do not take interest in teaching the plight of the students can be well imagined.
Since education plays a crucial role in the development of a nation measures have to be taken on an urgent level to create conditions which encourage the teachers to attend to their schools and teach the students in a proper way.
Making the teachers accountable to the gram panchayat is a better way to fight the menace of teacher absenteeism. Improving connectivity to the schools and providing accommodation to the teachers near to the schools can go a long way in giving impetus to the teachers to provide quality education to the students.
It is also necessary that the teachers should be paid remuneration on a timely basis since one of the factors which results in absenteeism and their lack of interest in teaching is the non-payment of their monthly salaries on time.
-- K Venkataraman, Delhi
'High time to modify education system'
Congratulations for highlighting the failure of our country's education system to make students learn. It is a fact that passing the exam is all that matters.
Therefore, time has come to modify the system to make it deliver the results as per changing needs of the society. I suggest that the examinations may be made optional, on an experimental basis to make learning a pleasant experience for students.
The child can opt for exam or no exam as per his/her individual capacity. For 'No Exam.' the child will be required to attend a minimum prescribed number of classes and complete the prescribed homework and project work.
On satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum the child will be issued a "Certificate of Participation" in the program for Primary Education on completion of five years of class work and for Secondary Education on completion of 10 years of class work.
The students of secondary section shall have option to choose subjects like Using PC, Basic Accounting, Investment Strategies, Retail Marketing, Share Market Operations, Understanding Annual Reports of Companies, Insurance Operations, Banking Operations, and Negotiation Skills etc. College students shall have option to choose the vocational subjects of their interest.
Subjects like Foreign languages, Art Appreciation, Film Production, TV Serial Production, Election Winning Strategies, Public Relations, Tour Operation, Financial Management, Web Page Design, etc. This change in system will also reduce number of children committing suicide every year on failing in the examinations.
The examination system stresses the children and puts a great emphasis on memory instead of learning the fundamentals. The child is under tremendous pressure to perform well in the examinations at School, Board and Degree level.
The pressure cooker environment often results in aggression or mood disturbances and manifests as sudden blank outs during examinations. Lost in the rat race are slow learners, students suffering from learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder or dyslexia.
-- M K Pande, Mumbai
'Save the environment'
Citizens should try to find time to save our environment and make it beautiful for the next generation. We should not exploit the gardens for making way for parking. We should try to grow atleast one tree in front of our house. We should remove old cars and other vehicles from the city.
-- Rakesh Bhalla