Model speechesfor theschool debate on uniforms

January 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Model point and counter-point …..

“Making uniforms for school students compulsory is a good idea.”

Those who support the motion …

Suggested speech .. Schools are places of learning and acquiring wisdom. The place must have a harmonious, disciplined environment where every pupil is treated equally irrespective of their gender and socio-economic background. The first prerequisite to foster such an environment is to make every student, and if possible, every teacher look the same in their attire. A school must not look like Mela or a picnic party where people come in their fancy dresses to relax, and unwind. Schools must not be the arena where students show off their wardrobe, and flaunt their buying power. If this happens, the students from not so well-to-do families will always lose the race giving rise to a lot of heart-burn, jealousy and acrimony. Such mismatch in the sartorial mix of a class will adversely impact the cohesion, fellow-feeling and unity in the school. Instead of character-building and promotion of moral values, schools will turn out arrogant, selfish and self-centered individuals.
Just imagine a class where a student comes with jeans costing a few thousand rupees a pair, and his mate coming with a khaki half pant and a tattered shirt. Obviously, the classroom can not be free from a certain group of students looking down upon their poorer class mates with contempt. The teacher, may inadvertently, give more attention to the well-dressed pupils at the cost of the ordinary-looking ones. This will be a highly undesirable situation. The purpose of the school will be defeated.
Wearing uniform gives a student a sense of identity, self-esteem and pride in one’s school. For an outsider, and also the parents, seeing a boy or a girl neatly dressed in uniform is a source of satisfaction.
Therefore, I am convinced that wearing uniform to school must be mandatory.

Those who oppose the motion ….

Suggested speech .. How many of us know that 80% of India’s primary and high schools are located in rural areas. Nearly half of these schools do not have even a proper roof: forget, toilets, teachers, library or a play ground. The students who study in these poorly equipped schools are mostly from farmers’ and village artisans’ families. For these economically deprived students, getting even a square meal a day is difficult. They struggle to pay school fees, and can not buy their text books. Under such circumstances, expecting the child to spend even a couple of hundred rupees on uniform is nothing but an atrocious suggestion. We should let them come to school in any dress their parents can afford. The teachers should only insist on clean dresses. That will suffice.
Coming to the urban schools, some of which are elite schools, the uniform, no doubt, makes the students look smart. It enhances the corporate image of the schools that function more as commercial, profit-oriented institutions and much less as knowledge and values imparting centers. The uniform supplying contractor charges very high for the dress and gives a hefty cut of the sales proceeds to the school management. These deals are made behind doors, and do not come to the open. Every year, even if the old uniform is as good as new, the school asks for fresh uniforms to be bought from the same supplier. The parents see through such practices, but seldom complain. They fear backlash from the school managements.
In conclusion, it can be said that making a student wear thick and heavy trousers and coats in our hot climate is a punishment. It stifles their movement and restricts their freedom of choice. It perpetuates the British colonial legacy and adds very little value to the coaching offered by the schools. So, insisting on uniforms is an archaic practice and must be dispensed with.
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School Debate on need of Uniforms — Support or oppose

January 9, 2016 at 5:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Suggested words for the debate

“Making uniforms for school students compulsory is a good idea.”

Those who support the motion …

Suggested words …. Mandatory, Sense of belonging, Cohesion, Socio-economic strata of society, Rein in, Integration, Flaunt, Bespoke, Outlandish, Identity, Orderliness, Security, Bedrock, Unhealthy competition, Animosity

Those who oppose the motion ….

Suggested words .. Avoidable, Economic burden, Multitude of underprivileged and impoverished students, Square meals, Afford, Malnourished, Luxury, Oblivious, Cunning way, Commercial motive, Fleece, Grotesque, Socio-economically unviable, Encroachment on individual freedom, Freedom of choice, Hot climate, Redundant

Prepare your own arguments taking the above words as hints.

[Answers will be posted soon.]

Model letter about a fire incident

January 5, 2016 at 9:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A market place fire through a 12-year-old’s eyes

Dear Vanumati,

It is midnight, yet I am struggling to sleep. I feel I must unburden my feelings to let my turbulent mind settle down, and I get my sleep. So, chum, I am writing this mail to you.

Being born in well-to-do family, I had never seen an open fire burning anywhere. I faintly remember the fire of a Homa during my maternal uncle’s marriage ceremony. So, I was aghast when I saw a huge fire, almost the height of tree, burning with its full fury. It was an inferno! It made me dumb for a while. Believe me, I can’t get the horrifying sight out of my mind.

Today being a Sunday, my father took all of us out for lunch. We were heading towards Koramangala. About a kilometer away from our destination, my eyes fell on a huge plume of black smoke that seemed to touch the sky. I peered out of our car window to get a better view, but my father just ordered me in. As we drew near, it became apparent that it was indeed a wild blaze devouring a footwear shop with great fury. My father parked the car at a safe distance as I begged him to stop. My elder sister and I jumped out of the car, and ran to the spot where a crowd had already gathered to see what was happening. My sister grabbed my hand as we jostled through the flock of onlookers to get a better view. I went past the Fire Brigade truck, and lo and behold, I saw a person being dragged out of the shop that had been fully engulfed in flame by then. The Fire Brigade men wearing their fire-retardant suites, had managed to pull out a trapped man, apparently a shop assistant, from inside. He was alive, but badly burnt and scarred. The Ambulance soon arrived and whisked him away. For my sister and me, the sight was as saddening as it was depressing.

Then we turned our eyes to see what was happening in the shop. Fire Brigade personnel had turned their water hoses straight into the interior of the shop. Obnoxious smell of burning leather filled the air. We coughed and gasped for breath, but somehow couldn’t turn back. The owner of the shop was beseeching the Fire Brigade personnel to retrieve his shoe cartons. They obliged and braved the fumes and heat to go in and bring out as much goods as they could. Some of the onlookers joined in to stack the cartons being flung out by the Firemen. It was a desperate attempt to salvage the unburnt or half-burnt shoe packs. The frenzy of activity of the Firemen struck us as very remarkable.

At this point we heard the angry shouts of our mother. She was gesticulating frantically at us to return to the car. We had no way, but to obey although out feet appeared to be anchored to the spot. In the car, we talked animatedly about the fire, but our father strangely appeared so unperturbed. He said, such fires happen, and the insurance company would make good the loss. At our lunch table, I could barely eat as the angst-filled face of the shop owner and the blackened limbs of the injured man haunted me. I became silent. Since then, the fire and the sight of the shouldering ruins of the shop are tormenting me.

Dear Vanumati, come early morning tomorrow. We will go on a long cycle ride. Perhaps, that would be the healing balm for my charred mind.

With love,

—–Name——

Write impeccabkle English using the right word

January 5, 2016 at 3:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Vocabulary test  — Fill in the blank by selecting the right word from the three choices given at the end of each sentence.

1. When you are hopelessly cornered by hostile elements from all sides, or a totally hopeless situation, you are ………. [are confronted, are beleaguered, stare down a hole]

2. When a fighting force like army or sports team playing a match accepts defeat without much of a fight, we say, “The side ………….” [surrendered, capitulated, lost]

3. The single person or group of persons who carry out a well-planned crime are called the ….. [conspirators, designers, perpetrators]

4. When the police prosecutes someone or a group for any offence, we say, “The police ———- the suspect / suspects. [indicted, incited, convicted]

5. When we mean that a function ended with a grand fireworks display and singing and dancing we say, “The function ——– with a lot of frenzied merry-making and spectacular show of fireworks.” [culminated, contended, collided]

6. The dozens of junior surgeons went on a wildcat strike leaving the10 operation theaters grossly under-manned. The patients awaiting emergency surgery, and their relations were gripped by angst and frustration. Some senior nurses stepped in to assist the handful of senior surgeons to conduct the emergency operations. No doubt, it was ————– to let the nurses double up as junior surgeons, but the situation demanded that. [ridiculous, ludicrous, hilarious]

7. The leader of the opposition had made an atrocious allegation against a woman cabinet minister. It triggered a verbal duel between the opposition and ruling party members. The Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament was already finding it tough to rein in the racous members to let the House resume its business. Just as the dust was settling down, the woman minister ————– by declaring that she would commit suicide if the allegation was not withdrawn with apology. [struck a discordant note, upped the ante, stir up a hornet’s nest]

Answers ..
1. When you are hopelessly cornered by hostile elements from all sides or a totally hopeless situation, you are beleaguered.

2. When a fighting force like army or sports team playing a match accepts defeat without much of a fight, we say, “The side capitulated.”

3. The single person or group of persons who carry out a well-planned crime are called the perpetrators.

4. When the police prosecutes someone or a group for any offence, we say, “The police indicted the suspect / suspects.

5. When we mean that a function ended with a grand fireworks display and singing and dancing we say, “The function culminated with a lot of frenzied merry-making and spectacular show of fireworks.”

6. The dozens of junior surgeons went on a wildcat strike leaving the10 operation theaters of the hospital grossly under-manned. The patients awaiting emergency surgery, and their relations were gripped by angst and frustration. Some senior nurses stepped in to assist the handful of senior surgeons to conduct the emergency operations. No doubt, it was ludicrous to let the nurses double up as junior surgeons, but the situation demanded that.

7. The leader of the opposition had made an atrocious allegation against a woman cabinet minister. It triggered a verbal duel between the opposition and ruling party members. The Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament was already finding it tough to rein in the racous members to let the House resume its business. Just as the dust was settling down, the woman minister upped the ante by declaring that she would commit suicide if the allegation was not withdrawn with apology. [struck a discordant note, upped the ante, stir up a hornet’s nest]
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