How to adapt is a question
This is in reference to the news report â€œSLC exams to be based just on grade 10 syllabiâ€ (THT, Nov. 1). Though this decision might bring some relief to the future SLC candidates by
reducing the course material, the new question pattern, which is yet to be decided, will cause problems for the candidates appearing for the exams this year. Most of them have been preparing according to the old pattern. It is not certain either that the new measure will raise the overall pass percentage.
Akanshya Karki, via e-mail
The governmentâ€™s decision to change the SLC exam syllabus is a farce. Why wasnâ€™t the future of the students who are now in grade 10 taken into account? The government does not seem to have considered how difficult the change would make it for the students to adapt to the new pattern which has been announced only less than six months ahead of the SLC exams.
Shiva Neupane, P Khanal, Kathmandu
It is good that the government has set aside Rs. 50 million for the Kathmandu City Police. Some of that amount could go into training the traffic police personnel. Very few traffic policemen are seen doing their duty properly. Most just seem content to sit by the side and occasionally blow their whistle and wiggle their hands. They obviously have had little training in conducting traffic. Improved traffic controls, trained traffic police, well-functioning traffic lights, more one-way streets and tough laws on taxi and bus stops, though not enough to solve all traffic woes of the Valley, would address most of them.
Dr Anthony Callow, via e-mail
Though the Midway piece â€œLove and romanceâ€ by Suvechchha Poudel (THT, Oct. 31) may contain a good idea, the writerâ€™s refusal to acknowledge that two persons of the opposite sex but the same age group can remain friends is unjustified.
Indeed, a boy and a girl can just be good friends. In her effort to defend her claim, Poudel puts forth some conflicting ideas.
Geshan Manandhar, via e-mail
The report â€œKalaiya trader shot atâ€ (THT, Nov. 3) is yet another incident that points to the countryâ€™s deteriorating law and order situation. We pay tax to the government so that it may enforce the law and provide security to the general public. The local law-enforcement authorities seem incapable of controlling crime. If the government cannot provide security to its people, the question may arise over its legitimacy.
Deepesh Rimal, Sydney
Psychiatrists from the SAARC region will meet in Kathmandu from November 17 to 19 (â€œPsychiatristsâ€™ meet soonâ€, THT, Nov. 3). Around 2-3 per cent people are suffering from mental disorders worldwide. It isnâ€™t far-fetched to assume that psychiatric patients account for a similar proportion of the populace in Nepal, too. On the occasion of this gathering, it would not be a bad idea to organise a free mental health checkup programme for the locals.
Sheila, via e-mail