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How can they teach if they’re on election duty?

With reference to ‘So what did you learn at school today?’ (August 5), one of the reasons for the mess in education is that teachers’ problems have not been addressed at all.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2009 01:44 IST

How can they teach if they’re on election duty?

With reference to ‘So what did you learn at school today?’ (August 5), one of the reasons for the mess in education is that teachers’ problems have not been addressed at all. In many civic schools, there are no teachers because they are all being trained for the elections. There are so many retired government staff who would like to make some money doing this work. So why does the government disrupt classes? To bring about change, the government should let the teachers stick to teaching. If not, it has no right to blame teachers for absenteeism.

Indira Satyanarayan, Professor, SK Somaiya College, Mumbai

Proud to be an HT reader

I feel proud to be among the readers of HT when I see the kind of initiative undertaken by you in Inspired India. Congratulations on a great series. With reference to ‘So what did you learn at school today?’ (August 5), it is time for the government to open its eyes. After an eight-year debate, education has finally been made a fundamental right. But how is this ever going to happen if our teachers are never in class?

Naveen Sethi, Ferozepur

Every citizen should serve in the Army

An Indian soldier was recently asked on TV what he would do if he were defence minister. He said he would want every citizen of the country to serve in the Army for some time. I think that’s a great idea. Our feelings of nationalism and patriotism are virtually dead. We have become so self-centered that we don’t even care about our neighbours. And yet we have a few young men laying down their lives for the country. I think if we can get an iota of that nationalism into the rest of us, corruption would dip, we would become more civic-minded and would be on our way to truly being a great nation.

Puneet Kamra