Too much fuss

Apropos of the letter “We stand for Nepalis” (THT, June 30), if there is truth in what the Avenues Television has claimed, the debate has thrown light on the unscrupulous practices that media houses employ to improve their public ratings. The main responsibility of the news media is to inform the public and not engage themselves in cheap publicity stunts. Nepali TV viewers enthusiastically watched Kamal Nepali’s act of bravery and are the least bothered about which channel relayed the news first. The media houses should not make much fuss over the issue.

Sandeep Chowdhary, Road Shesh, Biratnagar

Guarantee

This is in reference to the news report “No end to House disruption” (THT, June 30). Though the government reached an agreement with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) about autonomy for Madhesh and other regions, it has hardly shown any interest in living up to it. The Madhesi parties are right in demanding that the government make

constitutional guarantees to declare Madhes a ‘federal autonomous state’. Though past governments made it their priority to introduce decentralisation measures to facilitate balanced development, they gave development of Tarai the least priority. Only a

constitutional provision that prioritises the development of Madhes would be in the best interest of the Madhesi people.

Ashok Rajak,

Urlabari, Jhapa

Fake claims

Now that the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) results are out, students are confused as to which college to join. As private colleges, with commercial motive, have mushroomed over the years, it has become difficult for the students to choose a college that will ensure them a bright future. On the other hand, education standard in government colleges is not up to the mark. The private colleges should not only focus on attracting more tudents but also on

improving the quality of education.

Ravi Khadka, New

Baneshwor, Kathmandu

Medium

This is in reference to the edit page article “SLC results and beyond” (THT, June 30). Dr Wagley is right in saying that the pass percentage of students cannot be the indicator of judging the quality of education, as it is more important to see how students employ

their knowledge to further their careers. However, it is also not right to judge the quality of education on the basis of whether a student belongs to an English medium school or a Nepali medium one. More than 65 per cent of students who pass SLC are from government schools and they are not very strong in English. Nevertheless, as English is preferred in all walks of life, government schools should also be encouraged to use English as the medium of instruction.

Raj Kumar Shrestha,

Kathmandu

Rewarded

I want to congratulate the brave and courageous boy of our country named Kamal Nepali who saved the life of a child, Aradhana Pradhan, two and a half years old. His feat has been highly

regarded. Help has poured in for him from many sources for his bravery.

Pratik P Shrestha, Baneswore, Kathmandu