The topic for the next Voice Your Views column scheduled for May 15 is “All work, no break”. Send your responses before May 10 by post (The Hindu, Metroplus, 859/860, Anna Salai, Chennai-2) or e-mail in text format. Your responses should not exceed 100 words.

Rural-urban divide

These days, even rural students are aware about higher education, and they compete equally with urban students till Class XII. This shows the achievement of our education system. But, they fail after that due to lack of finances and exposure to competitive exams. The government can recognise gifted children in villages and provide them with intensive coaching. This will help them tide over their disadvantages and emerge toppers.

B. Subramanyam
Teacher, St John’s School , Besant Nagar Catch them young

Many students pursuing higher education fail to realise their dream. This is because their primary education is not up to the standard. To redress this anomaly, our school education system has to be revamped and made more qualitative. In the universities, choice-based credit system must be introduced. This would enable students to choose subjects of their interests and excel.

Malathy Devanathan
Faculty of English Institute for Languages and Skills, T Nagar Update curricula

According to a recent survey, only 25 per cent of engineers, 15 per cent of finance and accounting professionals and 10 per cent of professionals with degrees in India are suitable for work in reputed companies. This highlights the differential quality standards across institutions in the country. The challenge is not just to guarantee higher education, but also improve its quality and link education to society’s needs and development goals.

Dr. M.Balasubramanyam
Asst. Director and Senior Scientist, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF)