Monthly Archives: March 2012

Reforms in Schools Service (Science to be precise) and Education

Reforms in Schools Service (Science to be precise) and Education

Following is a sketch of my proposal for getting twice the work output from limited infrastructure that we have now without building new palaces for the rich.
This was something in my mind for over two decades.
Since I am planning full retirement (to concentrate on things I missed when I was in full employment) and want to dissociate with current education reforms planned hurriedly by some non-educationists with IMF backing.
It is open to discussion by any who wants the education in this country improved with full access to all potential students.
1. Two sessions of 5 hours into six=30 hours including Saturdays.
2.  Ten 10 hours of work output which start at 7 am and finish at 6 pm with one hour break in between
3. 5S to the core when implementing.
4. Two tiers one paid (with scholarships) and one free but with freedom to choose from the other tier some specifics.
5. Input from Private schools and one tier to be spent on the public system with adequate renumeration for the service rendered.
One tier Only for private schools either 7 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 6 pm.
6. Teacher training in Science and Languages before commencement (at least two years)
7. Public bus service in two tiers and should cover 6 am to 8 pm, a total of 14 hours
10. Maximum of 8 hours on the wheel for drivers, ideally 6 hours (2 hours of break in between)
11. This could be extended to University once the first batch of school leavers enter the university (intake increased by twofolds)
12. Benefits twice the work output with twice the number of jobs
13. In fact this is practiced in hospitals now and works smoothly.
Shift 1-7 am to 1pm; Shift 2-1 pm to 7 pm; 7 pm to 7 am (night shift)
I believe universities should be open 24 hours not 8 hours as it is now.
But there will be big protest from medical people since, they work more hours in private practice than in public.
I would not spell out the subjects (Science, IT and Languages are the subjects of my choice) or the curriculum until we decide on the work hours and work ethics.
14. This is my antithesis to current proposals of starting private medical schools (at the expense of public education) and pruning the existing.
15 Money earned should be funneled to both tiers but government contribution should be 50% to 70%.
16. Student will have extra time for sports or academic or other extra-curricular activities much more than what we have now ( 7 hours of extra time).
I am sure present politicians won’t understand the logic of my argument.
Private Tuition should be banned and they should be taken into the two tier system with incentives for tuition system to develop to help the weaker students within the two tier system.
17. Do away with the outdated free books and encourage authorship of new books.
18. Develop E-education in parallel with and supplementary to the two tier system with Moodle as a base for resources. 
One third of the resource should be channeled to E-Learning.
All this can be done if properly planned in one term of office of the elected but with the current set of politicians in the parliament they will argue the case for and against till donkeys (not cows) come to their home, the parliament.
Most of them are donkeys in human cloths.
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India Turning Tables on its neighbor Sri-Lanka

India Turning Tables on its neighbor Sri-Lanka
It is nice to see true colours of Indian politicians who are bending backward to please US.
I cannot believe why was the rush for  US to bring the resolution against a tiny country.
My gut feeling now is US was tacitly helping India and Indira to manipulate on Sri-Lanka and when that failed, cry foul both with India and Sri-Lanka.
From Hiroshima to cluster bomb in Vietnam was one chapter in US history.
What did UNO did to help Asia then.
Nothing.
Then came 1967 to 1973 destabilizing the Middle East.
What did the UNO did then.
Sweet Nothing.
That is the second chapter of US sponsored global terrorism.
In Africa what they did including killing Che Guerra is only a side dish (chapter) and were helping all the war lord in African continent.
The third chapter is Iraq and Afghanistan and it is continuing unabated.
What they did to national museum in Iraq is vandalism of ancient culture and I believe many of the artifacts ended up in USA.
Can we appoint Americans as champions of human Rights?
The answer is BIG NO.
One cannot dump history like a prostitutes and potatoes.
History repeats and remain vivid in everybody’s mind especially with the old and mature.
Remorse at old age when close to grave is no good.
I expected Obama being young would be different.
He wants to show the Americans that he is a Big Bully before the elections.
His strategy certainly will back fire by December.
I hope Americans will give him the exit signal next time round and to me Bush was much nicer guy who was less duplicitous in international affairs.

He meant what he said.

Less said about Bun Ky Moon is the wiser counsel; he has become a singing parrot for Americans and a Darling Dolly of the West.
He has forgotten his Asian roots where two third of the world population lives.
Asians including Indians are still living in absolute poverty some of them do not have water to drink and for sanitation.
UNO is a white elephant and got its priorities in wrong order.
People have to have basic living standards to enjoy living like humans.
Then only they can talk about human rights!
As for Pavans who raped Tamil girls and the price for which Rajive had to pay with life is still the living history and not yet gone down as past, yet in the minds of victims.
What did Indian politicians do?
Sweet nothing.
These girls had to come to Colombo and get their abortions done almost freely.
When a ship sinks rats come out but when the going go bad before elections politicians hold on to any straw, Human Rights included.
Fortunately there is no difference in Indian and American politicians in that regard.
They look like two sides of the same coin!
They want to hold on to power.
History should be accurately recorded.
That should be true for Sri-Lanka.
Otherwise we cannot be proud of our past.
Tamils who remained in Sri-Lanka in spite of the tremendous odds, deserve a better deal.
They are our true brethren.
Not the ones who went as  economic refugees, never to return but cry foul from a comfortable distance from their own brethren.