Classroom challenge

Classroom challenge

* This refers to 'The enrolment myth' (IE, January 19). Opening up schools to students with different skills and the mass recruitment of teachers are not sufficient to provide quality education. We seem to be striving for equity, but not equality, with the current implementation of the RTE Act. Children who lag behind deserve attention and effort to bring them up to speed. Teaching techniques should be tailored to the specific needs of these children.

Anchit Mathur

New Delhi

* APROPOS 'The enrolment myth', free lunch in schools seems to have increased enrolment but hampered learning because teachers have become preoccupied with the mid-day meal instead of focusing their attention on teaching. Continuous comprehensive evaluation could be of immense help if additional classes were arranged for students who lag behind. The appointment of teachers and supervision of schools are significant challenges because the number of teachers is extremely low in some states.

M.K. Mahapatra


Does age matter?

* THIS refers to 'Gravity of crime or age of accused? SC to examine' (IE, January 19). The decision of the apex court to admit a petition saying that the punishment for minors should be determined by the gravity of the crime and not merely by the age of the perpetrator is significant. This is an "issue of national importance" in the context of the recent Delhi gangrape case. Some believe that India should follow the example of other countries, where despite the age of juvenility being fixed, it is left to the authorities to determine if the offender should be tried under specific laws based on the nature of crime.

Yash P. Verma


Tale of caution

* THIS refers to 'The Armstrong act' (IE, January 19). The editorial aptly analyses Lance Armstrong's life as "a cautionary tale about an unhealthy symptom of the age of individualism". The humiliation that he faced when he was stripped of his Olympic medals for using performance-enhancing drugs seems to be a lesson to all those who want to win, in sports and in life, "at all costs".

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