I appreciate the article written by Aditha Dissanayake in the Sunday
Observer of August 20, 2006, under the title "Pain in the ear - M'sick".
Unfortunately a certain business concern in Maharagama is ignorant about
the facts of noise pollution.
The loud music played by this electronics showroom for around seven
hours a day invades the privacy of the residents and the patients who
come to seek treatment from me at my clinic.
Repeated appeals made to the authorities have gone unheeded. I hope
this letter will make the Chairman of this business establishment to
take necessary steps to instruct the sales staff to reduce the volume of
the music which is too loud and disturbs everyone in the neighbourhood.
A morning daily recently carried a letter on the above subject.
"Rich, middle class or poor, one phenomenon common to all parents today
is the tuition mania". These were the introductory words. The writer has
attempted to help parents on how to handle this mania. The use of the
Internet is a suggestion provided.
Please permit me to respond by stating that this mania so called has
to be eradicated from our system of education. Why do I say this?
Primarily because tuition is an evil that creates other evil. Isn't
tuition, because the teachers are not doing their work in the classroom?
Sometimes the same class teacher is the tuition teacher.
Is this because what the sacred scriptures of my faith community
calls filthy lucre? These words describe money. This may be because of
the economic factor of teachers not being paid well. Even though that
may be true, what is lacking is a sense of calling, a vocation, a
commitment, a value system.
Recently a daily spotlighted the corruption in the realm of
education, so-called in our land. Of course what the teaching profession
projects, their image is a reflection of our Society. This is our
society-chasing after money.
What I fail to understand is as to how parents who send their
children to the so-called international schools also send their children
for tuition. We seem to be living in a very sick society. Money seems to
be the name of the game. Something has to be done soon.
Our children, because of tuition, etc., may get fed up with studies.
The tuition mania is examination-centred. Education is more than marks,
etc. In this society it is difficult to speak to students, teachers and
parents about the concept of education. For they all are only interested
in the short-term purpose of doing well at O/Ls and A/Ls.
They do not seem to see that education is not only good grades at
these public examinations.It is because of this new culture, maintained
by parents, children and teachers, that our society is one that has been
hijacked and derailed. We are running after false values.
A recent MTV Breakfast Show featured Julian Bolling who, decades ago
with his cousin, shone in swimming at the SA Games. Bolling said that
during his school days he and others cycled to Royal.
Today, even students in the vicinity of schools are travelling in
vehicles. We have thus become a society where parents are spoiling their
children in many ways. Tuition is one such mania. Our system of
education needs to be looked into. Otherwise we will continue to be
tuition-centred students and maintaining a society that is sick.
Over to all those really interested in educating our children