Apropos Think outside the 25% box (IE,April 19),the Supreme Courts verdict on fixing 25 per cent quota for poor children in private unaided schools does not have many takers. At best,the order is regarded as symbolic. There seems to be unanimity on the importance of strengthening the government school system so that it can provide quality education. As long as the main vehicle for imparting education to the poor the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is not upgraded,the RTE will remain a dream,elusive and distant.
M. Ratan,New Delhi
Reserving 25 per cent of the seats in schools is not enough. The government should make an effort to improve both the infrastructure of existing schools and the student-teacher ratio. Laws may spread optimism among people but they need to be implemented properly.
Navreet Kaur Rana
APROPOS Pratap Bhanu Mehtas Classroom struggle (IE,April 18),our leaders are confused about the academic,social and economic goals of education. They have focused on reserving seats for various sections of society as this could be translated into votes. The political leaderships
concerns on the RTE seem to be limited to setting aside 25 per cent seats for the economically weaker sections. One wishes to know whether the education provided in government institutions rural as well as urban is satisfactory.
Courage of conviction
IN Modi and responsibility (IE,April 17),the writer has succinctly dealt with the subject and showed how the authorities sideline the main issue in Gujarat. The state needs integrity institutions and social healing,it needs the authorities to take responsibility for crimes committed while they were in power. However,much before 2002,there was the anti-Sikh violence of 1984. Even then,the above principles were nowhere to be found. Moral courage is needed to apply these doctrines,but it is missing in our political scene.
THIS refers to Gadkari on Modi: cannot discuss problem,will solve it (IE,April 19). Love him or hate him,you cannot ignore him. If the BJP is to be rejuvenated,Narendra Modi should be party president and the BJPs prime ministerial candidate for 2014.
THIS refers to Losing Delhi (IE,April 18). An anti-Congress fever has spread from Maharashtra to Delhi. The CWG scam seems to be still fresh in the memory of Delhiites. But BJP shouldnt be too smug about the 2014 elections,else it will have to be satisfied with the MCD only.