Quality education has become a luxury in this part of the world, where emphasis is on profits and not on the education imparted to children and is making the future of pupils bleak. Most of these children are not prepared to face the word outside their school premises and a large number of them have low confidence and morale. This is due to the fact that their schools only focus on text book materials and not on practical or useful things, which add real value to life. There are many children who do not even know how to use a computer or type properly, while there are some others, who can barely speak English fluently. Moreover, some schools do not even have the required facilities, such as computer laboratories, play areas or libraries. Often, these children are confined to their classrooms and forced to study up their text books and then reproduce it in exams. Ideally, children should be trained in public speaking, extra-curricular activities, and other practical areas, which would be useful for them throughout their lives. School management should integrate improved syllabi and activities that help transform students into independent and responsible citizens who would later prove to be assets for their organisations and the society.
From Ms Fatima Suhail
Job stress is a widespread concern across all employment sectors and occupational levels, and is a commonly reported cause of occupational illness and associated organisational outcomes (such as lost work days, turnover, and workers’ compensation claims). Job stress refers to the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities or needs of the worker. Research indicates that job stress is rapidly emerging as the greatest cause of work-related disease and injury. The cost of stress to workers, employers and society is enormous causing negative impacts on worker health (cardiovascular and psychological distress, depressive symptoms, and suicide), family (work family conflict), the organisation (absenteeism, reduced performance) and on society (public health costs, insurance costs).Some of the major causes identified were: Work demands (work load or pressure and insufficient time to complete tasks), emotional demands (including work-home conflict, relocation demands, unrealistic client expectations, professional isolation due to institutional racism), low control (low skill discretion, low participation in decision making), imbalance between efforts expended and rewards received from work (so-called effort-reward imbalance), low support (such as an unsupportive supervisor), role issues (role ambiguity, role conflict, conflict between personal goals and organizational goals), and interpersonal conflict like bullying. Urgent attention and action is required to prevent and control stress in the workplace.
From Mr Irfan Khalid
Rainy day is a hard day, an unforeseeable day for humans as unpredictable things happen that go beyond human calculation (‘Save money - no matter what you earn,’ Gulf News, March 25). Wise is the man who sets aside some amount according to his capacity and willingness in the name of savings, just to render instant assistance when things go wrong. There is no point in making a hue and cry when we feel going to be drowned. Make a good habit of saving some amount, no matter how much is in your purse, something is better than nothing should be our motto. There is no denying the fact that spending is easier than saving while saving is more helpful than spending. Spending and saving should co-exist to run a life with no jerk or jolt. There is a trend among the people just to show off their riches to others forgetting the fact that none would come forward to help you when you become a pauper. Learn to live with what you have and spend retired life decently with what you have saved. Try to lead a worry-free ant life!
From Mr Gilbert John Pious
It was indeed a disturbing story in Gulf News (‘Nestle withdraws ‘tens of thousands’ of chocolate treats,’ Gulf News, March 25). As we all know many best international brands are available in the market and people fearlessly buy their chocolates. Finding a plastic piece in the chocolate is very hazardous to the body of the consumers. This could only happen in the factory where these chocolates are made without proper vigilance or adequate checks by food authorities. I hope this kind of negligence never happens again with any product, chocolates or any other food item!
From Mr M K Gunaseelan
Must be punished
It’s great that Gulf News has brought forth such an issue to the public (‘Oil attack on maid in Sharjah: employer questioned by police,’ Gulf News, March 25). First of all she is a human being even if she’s working illegally. What happened to her is very sad. I hope the person who used the hot oil on the victim is severely punished. I hope she gets well soon. Thank you Gulf News for publishing this story.
From Mr Hom Budha
This is a crime against humanity and deserves full condemnation. The attacker should be given the toughest punishment for his ugly acts.
From Mr Mohammad
This attacker is brutal and must be punished for committing such a horrible crime. This is a completely unacceptable manner of dealing with someone, in this case the poor housekeeper. This is also an alert to illegal housemaids to comply with the laws of this country.
From Mr Khalid Mustafa
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