Letters To The Editor

“Think of discomfort as currency – it’s the price you pay to learn some pretty crucial things.” –Lilly Singh

A good deed never gets unrewarded

What do you understand when the word good deed pop up in your mind? A good deed is helping someone without looking for a reward or a pat on the back. But there’s also a negative aspect to doing a courteous act as some people do a certain good for someone in expectation of a reward, that they must get something in return of their good deed. So, in my opinion, we shouldn’t ever direct our actions towards gaining rewards. We should only have faith in God to reward us for our courteous deeds. Most people are rewarded for their good deeds in a variety of ways but some aren’t. However, even if one doesn’t get rewarded, no matter what, an act of kindness will most definitely make you feel good. And that, in my perspective, is reward enough. Another act of despair on part of people who do a certain good deed is that sometimes a person finds himself filled with self-admiration or showing off after doing a good deed or act of worship. People should prevent themselves from boosting. Does showing off bring more good deeds into the world? Is your motivation in “showing off” to be admired or to inspire?

Hamna Adil Farooqui,

Sending messages to parents using electronic updates

Keeping parents in the loop is a top priority for schools, yet it’s one task that seems easier said than done. After all, how many times have schools sent out a message to parents only to find out that half of them (or sometimes more!) missed the memo completely? Most schools use newsletters to keep parents up-to-date but the problem with newsletters and circulars is, you’ll soon find that many parents will be unintentionally kept out of the loop. Paper updates can get lost in the shuffle, especially if children are responsible for bringing them home. However, a good initiative taken by many schools in Karachi is that they have started using electronic updates such as emails, or video messages. In this case, parents will receive the news directly from the source and they’ll be able to easily access the message any time. Plus, they’ll have a copy for their records in case they need to refer back for important details. They’ll even be able to save dates from the email right to their mobile calendars.

Ayesha Nadeem,

The deteriorating educational system

Pakistan is facing a serious challenge to ensure all children, particularly the most disadvantaged, attend, stay and learn in school. Currently, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out-of-school children. Whereas, we also find a constant fall in the standard of education. There are various reasons behind the problem. The government is indifferent to the problems. The changing governments in the country have failed to assess the real causes of educational deterioration. The education administration is slack, corrupt and rather helpless against the student community. The teachers, in general, are the product of our corrupt society. The primary schools are the nurseries of the nation. But our primary teachers are the least qualified and lowest paid. How can they raise good crop? The government must establish a proper system of checks on the operations of the educational institutions in order to produce civilians who could transform their learning and education in practice.

Hoor Hayat,

Child protection against chai ka nishaan

Tea is considered to be the most consumed beverage in every Pakistani household. But none of us have ever thought that the negligence while having a hot cup of tea or any other hot beverage with kids around is the most dangerous thing to do. Reportedly, most of the patients in burns wards are children. And ironically, among these children are mostly the burn victims of hot tea spillage. During the year 2018, child burn cases reported in Pakistan were more or less than 80 percent. All it takes is for a small child to pull a hot cup in curiosity, or knock a cup of tea over, and they can be scarred for life. This can be clearly avoided by creating awareness and avoiding negligence. Parents should educate their children to be careful with things that appear to be hot and should also be at alert around toddlers.

Sabeen Razzaq,