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Category: Education

Duruelo Convent School and uniform

Duruelo Convent School is in news regarding its policy on uniform. Wearing salwars under skirts is forbidden. Coming to school wearing burkhas and taking them off when entering school compound is forbidden. Some parents are not happy about it. Some are even ready to stop sending their girls to school.

The principal has the right to insist on uniform. If previous principals overlooked aberrations it is not the concern of the present principal.

Those who want their children to go a school wearing burkha can send them to a school run by Muslims. They need not stop educating their girls.

The parents who send their children to an English medium school run by Catholic nuns should not expect the dress code of a madrasa where Arabic is taught.

Sting operations are out of control

A recent report about a teacher of a school in Delhi luring ex-students into prostitution telecast on an unheard and not much known TV channel, led to riots, the teacher, Uma Khurana, being beaten up and destruction of cars and other property. Uma Khurana was arrested and lost her job. This report proved to be fabricated. It was revealed that an acquaintance of Uma Khurana wanted revenge and plotted the scheme. The reporter went along. A journalist acted the role of an ex-student.
Delhi High Court issued notices to Delhi government and police. The reporter was arrested. The CEO of the channel blamed the reporter but held Uma Khurana to be guilty. The CEO and journalist should be arrested too.
Who will make up for the loss of reputation and property? TV channel should be made to pay for both. Some students had said Uma Khurana made them uneasy. They could have been manipulated.
Sting operations get TRPs for channels. All means are employed for entrapment. Impersonation, bribery, cheating, misrepresentation of facts, criminal breach of trust and other crimes are committed. One channel ran two episodes of Bollywood casting couch. The series was discontinued after one person of that channel was summoned by a leader of a political party. Most of the sting operations are on prostitution, call girls, nude dances etc. Very few sting operations were on corruption and other misdemeanours.
Character assassination is not allowed. TV channels that cause loss of reputation and property must be made to pay for them. They should not be allowed to get away with the excuse that reporters did a bad job.
Mobs that go on rampage must also be firmly dealt with. People do not have a right to beat others and damage property.

Maths paper

Pass marks for Maharashtra SSC Board used to be 35%. This year they were brought down to 29%.
In maths paper questions of 30 marks were out of syllabus and all students were given grace marks and passed in maths.
It seems people responsible for decreasing the pass marks percentage to 29% and put out of syllabus questions of 30 marks in maths paper were part of conspiracy to pass all students in maths. This was unfair to the students who studied hard. Many people who had done well in other subjects and would have done well in maths could not get seats. One girl committed suicide.
People in responsible positions should not dilute standards and play with the lives and futures of students. People responsible for the blunder in maths paper should be punished.

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