JUST as multinational companies have sports events and schools have sports tournaments, there should be sports events in a year for government servants also. Events should be organised in such a way that players qualify from district level to provincial and then to national.
At every qualifying level, participants should be awarded with prize money in order to motivate them. Events should be arranged according to grades of employees in such a way that senior officers compete with senior ones.
If such events are organised, it will not only create an interest in government servants but also in their children. This way the families will be engaged in this healthy activity.
Sports events will also help government servants to socialise with each other. When senior officers will take interest in sports, they will try to promote it where they would be posted, in small towns and cities of Pakistan. In this way, there is a possibility that local ones will get an opportunity to play sports as well.
Covering Science News
READING a newspaper is extremely depressing: there is hardly any good news to read. TV channels also seem to have become monotonous.
We should have talk shows on topics of science, technology or art, besides talk shows on political issues. Art exhibitions, sports and other spheres of cultural life are given very little airtime while political and other depressing events receive coverage for longer hours.
Although the media has boomed, it has also brought depression. It is frustrating to watch and read all the time how wretched is life all around us. I usually have a good day when I don’t watch a news channel.
Mother Tongues in Schools
TO some extent I agree with the argument that a student should be educated in his mother tongue because society around him speaks in that particular language. However, I find it wrong at the same time.
I have been struggling for 23 years to get command over my English language since I have studied science in Sindhi till Grade X. Up to Grade XII I felt at home with the system because I had to compete with the students of the same level.
However, when I started giving entry tests at universities like LUMS, IBA, FAST — where there`s no quota system — I keenly felt the deficiency in me because the test would be based on math and English. I always blamed my poor results on my knowledge of English.
While doing my bachelors, I realised that no one actually appreciated me for a while that I can read, write and understand in three different languages. I found the same experience while giving interviews for my first job. I felt the organisations think the person who can speak well in English has the best capabilities, though this is not true in every case.
I just do not blame the language only but also the different quality standards of education at different places. A person who lives in a big city gets an opportunity to have the best education, but this is not true of the person who belongs to the rural area.
Thus the person who has a better educational background he stands a better chance to pass a test for admission to a good university or to secure a job in a good institution. This way society is divided into two different classes.
The other side of the story is that students from English medium schools (high standard schools) are not able to speak fluently/comprehensively in their mother tongues. Most of them prefer speaking in English at home and with friends rather than speaking in Urdu or mother tongue.
They are thus not aware of the beauty of their language and folk music or folk stories. This again creates a communication gap between thetwo classes of society.
Toll plaza employees’ behavior
While travelling on the National Highway into Sindh’s interior, it is frustrating to see the poor management at the toll tax Plaza. I have dealt with unqualified, illiterate and ill-mannered employees who manage and collect tax from cars and trucks. I am not even sure if they are employees because they are not seen wearing a uniform that was a requirement a couple of years ago. They are not aware of NHA rules either. Recently while waiting for my turn to pay at the Moro toll tax to travel on the National Highway, I noticed the owner of the car in front of mine not paying the tax and he was allowed to proceed. When I asked as to why he was allowed to go without paying the tax, the employee replied that it was a government car. I pointed out to him that the car had a yellow number plate. He then changed his statement and said it was the car of a judge. I asked him if he knew the NHA rules, to which he did not say anything. Some ill-mannered and illiterate manager then interrupted and talked to us. He spoke so rudely that it seemed like they were extracting some kind of ‘goonda tax’. I asked him whether they followed any NHA rules.
He rudely replied that he followed his own rules and yelled at me. He gave me a chit and forced me to pay Rs20. This is not just restricted to the Moro tax plaza but all toll plazas from Hyderabad till Rohri. I have even heard from locals that some collectors have been minting money for their personal account. By the time they are about to be apprehended by the higher authorities, they run away without any punishment. I request the authorities concerned to take immediate action against toll tax collectors who are involved in this fraud.
THERE was a time when youngsters from Khairpur used to win district-level badminton tournaments. They were mostly the products of , where there were three badminton courts along with some other sports facilities. A huge crowd often gathered to witness those tournaments.
Recently the gymkhana building has been demolished to construct a brand new gymkhana, where I have heard only a single badminton court will be made. Since it’s an officers’ club no ordinary citizen — including students — will be able to showcase their talent there.
Instead of promoting sports among our youth we are doing the opposite. There would be no harm if the authorities concerned made a couple of extra badminton courts on the gymkhana premises and ordinary citizens were charged a nominal fee for using the courts.
Where are sports fields?
The government has been investing an adequate amount of fund on the building of amusement parks but has totally neglected sports facilities for the young generation.
I live in Clifton, Karachi. There are huge parks like Ibn-i-Qasim, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Sea View but I hardly find tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, etc., within the parks or anywhere around.
I see teenagers playing cricket, football, etc., on streets and roads. Big lawns are maintained in these parks and most of the time they are filled with ghost visitors. There is no harm if a few areas are maintained for tennis and volleyball courts and mini-football fields.
I request the government to build sporting facilities at Ibn-i-Qasim and other parks and allow youngsters to play and take advantage of the facilities. We should promote sports in the country as people who cannot join expensive clubs can enjoy sports in their respective areas.