Consult experts first

This refers to Mana P Wagley’s article “Open education: Government’s misplaced priorities” (THT, Nov. 22). Ironically, the National Planning Commission authorities don’t seem to be aware of the existence of the Distance Education Centre at Sanothimi, under the MoES, which was established more than two decades ago. The centre still trains primary school teachers from the far-flung districts who do not have easy access to teaching institutions or colleges.

Moreover, what is Janak Educational and Materials Centre (JEMC) established for? Does the JEMC have distance learning experts in mathematics, science and languages? Distance education should comprise instructions through media, meetings, correspondence and frequent tests. Without these components, only publishing course matter in a newspaper is not enough. Also, teaching how to solve particular maths problems without building the real concept and without enhancing the problem solving attitude among pupils is just like prescribing antibiotics without finding the root cause of the disease. So, before launching open education programmes, the authorities should consult subject experts.

Devendra Raj Upadhyaya, Council for Math Education

Ray of hope

The 12-point agreement between the Maoists and the seven-party alliance has indicated that the political scenario is likely to change in the near future. The alliance has certainly opened a way for resolving the political deadlock. Despite the delay, it has to be taken as a positive step though the parties did not live up to the people’s expectations in the past. Many attempts have been made from various sectors to find an amicable solution to the lingering problem. Both Nepalis and foreigners are viewing the current political development with great interest.

A favourable environment has to be created to get the peace process going. Now is the time for all to unite and move towards a peaceful solution. It is futile to make negative comment and doubt the intentions of the leaders before the results actually come out.

Anjan Gurung, via e-mail

No joke

I am a Nepali citizen pursuing my Master’s degree in England. I regularly read your online edition, which I am sure is the fastest in Nepal. I especially like reading the “Perspectives.” However, I was shocked to read the ‘Corporate humour’ of Sunday, November 27, where it was stated that “...(Beef) steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering...” I understand that it is just a humour section, but it really surprised me that you chose to mention the holy animal, which is worshipped as Goddess Laxmi in Nepal. Hope you will respect our culture even in the humour section.

E Ranjit, West Yorkshire, England

Promote it

I agree with Harsit and Hardit’s views expressed in their letter “Football” (THT, Nov. 23). Lately many youngsters seem to be addicted to cricket. But football, which is also a very interesting game, is neglected. Nepal can do equally well in football as in cricket provided our players receive good incentives and training.

Sajana Koirala, via e-mail