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The Education Minister, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, has been thinking aloud on the introduction in Kerala of earn-while-you-learn schemes for students, on the lines of such schemes in other countries. In an era of burgeoning educational costs and generation of rising expectations among students, will this provide the needy ones an opportunity to generate needed resources to pursue their dreams and also train to shoulder responsibility, or will it prove to be a burden on them too early in life? What do parents, teachers and students have to say on this? Please write in with your views, a maximum of 300 words, marked `Peoplespeak', by post, e-mail or by hand to reach us by March 17. The postal address is: The Hindu , Vallakadavu PO, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 008.

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