x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

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A reader says the recycling initiative should cover entire Abu Dhabi and not parts of it. Other topics: private tuition, Wadeema's law, smoking, economy

A reader praises the Centre of Waste Management’s recycling initiative in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National
A reader praises the Centre of Waste Management’s recycling initiative in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National

Poor pay compels school teachers to explore options

I am not surprised that about 50 per cent of parents in Abu Dhabi hire tutors for their children (About half of Abu Dhabi parents hire tutors, survey finds, June 12).

In many schools, the classroom strength is high. So it is not possible for the teachers to pay individual attention.

Another problem is that a large number of new teachers join during each session. As a result, children need to continuously adjust to different methods of teaching. Pupils especially in higher standards find it very difficult.

It's a pity that even after paying high school fees, parents have to spend on private tuition. Extra classes for the children after school is a good idea, but that can be tiring for them, as well as for the teachers. If schools divide sections according to the learning capacity of a child, then it might prove to be beneficial.

However, teachers are burdened with pressure from multiple sources: school managements, parents and limited time to complete syllabuses. Even then, most Asian schools do not pay them well. So, I think expecting extra work from them is asking too much.

If schools pay their teachers well, then the quality of education will also improve. They will devote more time in their schools and will not need to look for private tuitions. Ultimately the children will benefit. Otherwise, we have no option but to depend on private tuitions.

Sneha Shruti, Abu Dhabi

Child protection law was necessary

I am responding to the news article Wadeema's Law redefines 'child protection' (June 13). I'm sure many mothers would like to hear this. Does the law say that it's illegal for a teacher to beat a child at school? If so, then what's the punishment?

Kristine Ann, Dubai

Workplace can be depressing

I refer to Asmaa Al Hameli's blog post Did you choose your career or did it choose you? (June 12).

I am in the same situation. I sit the whole day at my workplace practically doing nothing. Everyone is busy except me. I hate the feeling of not doing anything and taking my salary just because I am an Emirati.

I tell my dad that I am upset because they don't give me work to do. I am looking to change my job to a place where people will take me seriously and not only as an Emirati head count.

M Mazrooei, Dubai

Quitting smoking can be expensive

While the UAE Government is trying to curb smoking by initiating various measures (Smoking ban in cars when driving with children for UAE, June 4), the prices of chewing gums and lozenges that help to quit the deadly habit are rising.

The prices of Nicotinil chewing gum and lozenges, for instance, are extremely high.

Eman Sabet, Dubai

Recycle bins a good initiative

The recycling initiative undertaken by the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi is commendable (Abu Dhabi recycling initiative spreads, June 17). Different colours of the bins help people understand what should go where. That minimises wastage of recyclable materials.

Sometimes clothes, books and shoes are thrown into rubbish bins with other household waste.

It's heartening to know that the number of colourful bins is increasing in the city, especially near villas and community parks.

But what about rubbish bins outside the city? When I open the window of my apartment near Mohammed bin Zayed City, I see a huge metal bin.

Sometimes it overflows. The sight is awful. The atmosphere around many rubbish bins like this is filthy.

To add to our woes, these bins often occupy three or four parking spaces. In normal cases, finding parking spots is so difficult.

We hope to see covered bins everywhere, if not colourful ones in areas outside the city.

B Rex, Abu Dhabi

Economy taking toll on health

I refer to the article Fewer UAE job vacancies posted online (June 17).

Jobs are few, salaries are less than previous years, the economy is slow, but house rents are increasing because of news reports that all is well and the economy is galloping.

Naturally in this scenario, jobs in health care will increase because larger number of people are suffering from depression, blood pressure and other stress-related illnesses.

While it is OK to maintain an encouraging mood over the economy, there is no doubt that the reality bites people. This phenomenon is not unique to the UAE. The world economy is sluggish.

Vijaykumar, India