LETTERS: Valuable lessons learnt
Apropos of the news story “Bus aide sentenced for assault” (THT, August 27, Page 1), this could be a real eye opener for Nepal in many ways, including justice for service seekers from feral, barbaric public service providers. As a person who enjoys public bus more than my private vehicle, I notice crude behaviour of the bus conductors all the time in micros and jumbo buses. First they will force five people to sit on the last bench that can only accommodate four. Then they will order three passengers to squash in on seats made by the Japanese to fit only two passengers. The orders will keep flowing endlessly. Turn your head this way, pull in your legs, don’t sit here etc. This can get exasperating. Is there a legal recourse to such daily tortures? Since we are pretending to become as civilized as the US, we should have a legal solution to put such thugs in their places.
Second, Shiva Rai, with his disability, makes an 80-km journey daily to his school. It is unlikely that Nepalese will ever travel this distance to go to school or work. Even traders will not open medical schools in the pristine surroundings around Naubise and Nagarkot which are only 50-km return journey. The government can learn from this and push away all schools and colleges into the periphery of the valley. Federal spirits also require pushing out schools, colleges and businesses out of the valley. Sitting in Kathmandu and chanting federalism will not usher in a federal paradise.
Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu
I am writing this letter to embody the fact for why the teaching methods in the educational sectors are extremely poor in effect in the government institutions. The teachers most notably engage in long winded conversations that may be anywhere as in entrance or an office room. This kills precious time, and, therefore, the course will not be finished on time. There is a perceived doubt that teachers are not giving their full lecture in the class so as to manage the students as their academic clients for making room for the tuition or extensive private coaching in the neck of the final exams. I think this is an organisational issue that needs to be dealt with motivational skills for which teachers are not motivated to teach honestly in the college. There should not be loafing in the academic sector to jeopardise the future of students. What is more frustrating is that the teachers, even the so-called trained one, do not apply the modern information gadgets and techniques in classrooms and always use the blackboard even to teach science and mathematics. The method of teaching in Nepal is the same as it used to be some 50 years ago; nothing has changed though the world has gone a sea of change in all sectors. Information technology can be better used in the teaching learning process, and it can
enhance the quality of teaching, and the students can also learn quickly without mental stress.
Shiva Neupane, Melbourne