The State Government’s decision to introduce English medium and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Government high schools from current academic year is bound to have adverse impact on students in these schools. In view of vociferous protests by teachers, the Government should constitute a committee with senior academicians as its members. The committee should study the learning calibre of students in rural pockets. If the Government is bent upon its decision, it must do it in a phased manner. Adequate training to teachers must precede any such move. This is essential in view of the fact that the teachers themselves had their schooling in Telugu medium, and they are ill equipped to handle English medium.

Subash Samuel

Ulavapadu

Better late than never

One fails to understand why such a hullabaloo is being made about the Government proposal to introduce English medium in the State-run schools. One should in fact, appreciate the move, as it is better late than never. It is good that those at the helm of affairs in Education Department have finally realised the need to bridge the gap between the standards of the students of State-run schools and their counterparts in corporate educational set-up. Since the beginning has to be made some day, why not now? I strongly feel that people must realise that our children in Government schools are no less than the ones pursuing their studies in private sector, barring their English speaking skills. If that is taken care of, no power can stop them from emerging victorious in the academic arena.

P. Saraswathi

Kavali

Violation of norms

City planners and building inspectors in Eluru Municipal Corporation are turning a blind eye to gross violation of building construction norms. While builders are expected to leave ‘setback’ space in every structure, the rule is confined only to the paper. Examples galore of defiance of law at busy centres where traffic jams are commonplace. A couple of structures raised along the road between Ambika Centre and Dongalamandapam in the One Town area of the city are a few fine examples. The narrow road here is ever busy with heavy traffic at given point in time. I appeal to the city planning wing officials to look into the matter and do the needful.

Mohd. Nazeeruddin

Eluru

Traffic chaos

Traffic chaos is contributing to an alarming rise in the number of road accidents. Despite constant appeals, violators of traffic rules do not seem to be in a mood to comply with the rulebook. The traffic wing of the police department must adopt a sterner stand and come down heavily on those resorting to road rage. Heavy penalties should be slapped against those jumping traffic signals, not wearing a helmet or using the one-way routes. Youngsters can be seen driving two-wheelers while talking on cell phones is a common sight. Their gadget must be seized and case must be booked against them.

D. Mohan Rao

Ongole