Letters To The Editor

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe

False ceilings: Mind the roof over your head

As the use of false ceilings increases, mishaps are also on the rise. There is always the risk of a piece of the ceiling falling on someone’s head. That’s exactly what happened last week at Islamabad airport as the false ceiling collapsed due to heavy downpour. Poor construction and use of substandard material is partly to be blamed for this. Often contractors and workers fixing the ceiling lack the know how to do a good job. But how can these ceilings be made safer? Experts say the first step should be taken by the government which needs to frame safety guidelines for their use and construction. The use of better and lighter materials and employing trained manpower to fix the ceiling can also be helpful. Regular cleaning of the false ceiling and proper check for cracks and leaks can also prevent future mishaps.

Saim Chaudhry,

Heritage preservation

For a country with such a rich and diverse history and culture, Pakistan does very little to preserve the remnants of its past. We all must realise that these monuments are our pride. So the government must pay attention to the proper care and maintenance of these monuments. It should provide funds and should also keep a regular check on the maintenance and upkeep of these monuments. National campaigns should be initiated. Students can also play a major role in this regard. Incentives like free tickets to school groups can be given so that the number of visitors to the monuments increases. Students can also make documentaries, projects, exhibitions to show the people the importance of historical monuments and proper methods should be undertaken for the upkeeping of the national monuments. I hope general public awareness is made through this letter and people start paying attention to the cleanliness and maintenance of these monuments.

Umaima Noman,

Lack of garbage bins

With less than one garbage disposal bin for every square km in many areas, residents of Karachi are facing an acute problem in disposing of their household waste. Due to the non availability of bins, people tend to throw garbage in the corner of the streets. Heaps of garbage are growing day by day. It has become impossible to breathe fresh air. It stinks throughout the day and night. It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. Dengue cases have already been high the past year. People burn the heaps of garbage causing smoke and air pollution. Stray animals keep looking for leftovers inside the polythene bags which is becoming a cause of their bad health and eventually death. Garbage trucks at times come every alternate day but during the rainy days when it’s very important to keep garbage off the streets and drains, the trucks take an off. Concerned authorities need to step up and fix this issue before it takes the form of an epidemic.

Sara Khan,

Evening classes are the need of the hour for students

For many, the idea of going back to college or university (or considering a certification) while working a full time job can be daunting. Handling a full time job and your studies at the same time requires a good level of planning and prioritisation. While some students would choose not to work while furthering their education, there is a massive group of students who are balancing a job while studying for a degree. There are various reasons for this but, generally speaking, money is key. For these types of students, having the opportunity to take evening classes means being able to earn their degree. So, more educational institutions should give students the option of evening classes. This way having a job would no longer mean giving up on your education and taking classes after business hours would prove to be a great way to maintain employment while earning your degree.

Saad Ali,