To make RTE work, upgrade schools and teaching skills
With reference to Harsh Mander's article India's many Eklavyas (Democracy Wall, May 3), the education bureaucracy must come up with training programmes to improve the skills of teachers, especially those who work in State schools. The popularity of private schools is increasing in rural areas because most government school teachers are incapable of teaching properly. To make the Right to Educ-ation law effective, it is also important to ensure quality education and good infrastructure.
N Vohra, via email
I agree with Mander's arguments, but I wonder how far the objective of rendering quality education to millions of poor children, the majority of whom study in government schools, can be achieved by securing admission for a fraction of them in public schools. Had the authorities taken timely steps to implement the 'common school system' recommended by the Kothari Commission in the 1960s, the education scenario would have been very different. Improving the performance of State schools is the best way to render quality education to the poor.
Peter Mundackal, via email
In choppy waters as usual
With reference to the editorial In troubled waters again (Our Take, May 3), the recent boat mishap in Assam is shocking. The state authorities are responsible for this tragedy. Had the inland waterways guidelines been adhered to, this tragedy could have been avoided. The general public’s ‘sab chalta hai’ attitude is also responsible for such unfortunate incidents.
Rajan Kalia, via email