x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Reaction to major reform of education

In a fast-developing country like the UAE, there is a growing need to have a sustainable education system supported by adequate infrastructure.

Napoleon Bonaparte said that there is nothing more fickle, vague or important as public opinion.
Napoleon Bonaparte said that there is nothing more fickle, vague or important as public opinion.

I refer to the front page news article Minister hails 'major' reform of education (October 26). It is certainly an initiative to achieve effective education with quality assurance.

In a fast developing country like the UAE there is a growing need to have a sustainable education system supported by adequate infrastructure. Identification of grey areas that require immediate attention and remedial measures is not an easy task in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

Monitoring by a central authority alone may lead to polarisation in approach as it cannot be multidimensional. The setting up of independent or semi-autonomous bodies like the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Education Council have already started showing effects, and the schools in both public and private sectors are making progress in education in a better way as they have become aware of the objectives and the parameters.

The other important area that is normally overlooked is curriculum development. This area needs to be properly explored and the teachers should lend a helping hand in identifying suitable teaching materials.

Testing and evaluation in schools selected at random will help in achieving uniformity and standardisation.

Nazim H Khan, Abu Dhabi


Tips on how to handle psoriasis

In response to the article Doctors say psoriasis afflicts Emiratis on a greater scale than other nationalities (October 29), I've had psoriasis since I was a teenager. At first, it was a few patches on my legs, elbows and scalp.

Back in 2000, I had the worst flu I ever had. My immune system totally broke down and I was literally incapacitated. This had two effects. I was so upset, I'd take pleasure in eating to cheer myself up but the food I ate only made the condition worse.

It may be true that psoriasis can't be cured but it can be healed. I know. I've done it countless times and it's a process that can take only two to three months.

Drink at least four pints of raw carrot juice per day. Limit dairy products, red meat, tea and coffee. Eliminate as much processed sugar as possible from your diet. If necessary, buy zinc and selenium supplements to boost your immune system. Focus on the positive and attempt to avoid negative emotions. This is so important because it affects stress levels.

Drink lots of water and exercise regularly. It's not necessarily the exercise that does you good. It's the sweat that releases toxins from your system. The water also acts as an anti-oxidant.

I've healed myself numerous times over the years but because of weak will power, I stopped the carrot juice and the condition reappeared.

However, I found that once it's gone, if I remain positive and stress free and do not eat the wrong food, it doesn't come back as quickly.

Abdul Ismail, Abu Dhabi


Doubtful about transporting coral

I read the article Dubai coral reef project aims to boost marine life (October 26) and wondered why on Earth would any environmental group, let alone one that supposedly works on marine conservation, remove and transplant corals "harvested from healthy reefs elsewhere in the emirate"? If the corals are in a healthy environment, why are they being moved at all? It is well known that transplanted corals tend to die and it's likely to be even worse here since the corals are being moved to Jumeirah where the waters aren't the cleanest.

David Brown, Dubai


In praise of public opinion polls

Hats off to that defining sentence in the editorial Polls provide an important window (October 26): "By establishing a higher standard of research in the region, Gallup and its cohorts collect more data and provide better analysis of a region still struggling to be understood by the international community and by its own leadership."

Should he be alive this day, Napoleon Bonaparte, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century, would feel elated for his quote used as a grand opening to a master class editorial: "There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful than public opinion."

That is why changes in opinions are so important to understand.

Yousuf Sheriff Yaqub, Ras al Khaimah


No more cut-off conversations

The article Telecoms power up UAE mobile networks (October 25) is great news. I hope that now I will be able to enjoy uninterrupted communications, even inside lifts. This is the biggest irritant, when the lines get cut off. When will providers introduce affordable VOIP since staying in touch for extended periods is a costly affair?

Amit Bhattacharjie, Dubai