Resisting change will hurt all of us

Data is the a critical ingredient for future growth, a reader says. Satish Kumar / The National
Data is the a critical ingredient for future growth, a reader says. Satish Kumar / The National

We in the UAE are truly blessed with visionary leadership, but their visions cannot be realised as long as people resist change (Data is the right telecom future, September 6).

Data is, indeed, a critical ingredient for progress and we should embrace it wholeheartedly. Why, for example, do banks require customers to have a home landline in order to provide a mortgage for the said home?

All chief executives across all segments, especially in the telecom sector, must embrace disruption to allow their enterprises to become exceptional. Why can I stream Apple radio without any problem from my Etisalat connection at work and everywhere in the world I travel, but it’s choppy on my du connection at home? Du had sent technicians who claimed that the problem was with the servers from which I was streaming. This can’t possibly be true, because otherwise I’d encounter the same problems on different networks.

The propensity to resist change or blame others rather than take a solution-orientated approach that embraces excellence and the future hurts us all and impedes the country’s ability to achieve its inspiring visions.

The country, its leaders and all of us who live here deserve better.

Elan Faabri, Dubai

Jailing for bad debt unhelpful

I can understand the need to protect businesses owners from prosecution, but it is also necessary to come up with legislation to protect individual consumers from criminal prosecution for personal debt (UAE bankruptcy law will not offer protection for defaults on personal debt, September 6).

Putting someone in jail because of bad debt benefits nobody.

D Glass, Dubai

I don’t know who did the maths on this one, but I’m pretty sure it’s easier to collect debts from individuals who are not in jail, especially if they have an income up until the point they are arrested. And it costs to keep them in jail.

Lisa Kereliuk, Dubai

Certification is not enough

Can Adec get a better understanding of how certification works (All foreign teachers must have licences to work in the UAE, September 1)?

Requiring certified teachers who have taught for years to have a bachelor’s degree in their specific field is ludicrous and keeping schools from filling science and maths positions. If you want to teach physics, you have to have a degree in physics.

It’s not good enough for them that our governments have certified these people to teach. To teach maths, you have to have a bachelor’s degree in maths. My husband who has been teaching maths here for three years was denied several new positions because he has a bachelor’s in business.

Even though he has a master’s in teaching mathematics and taught in the US for six years. Adec is just shooting themselves in the foot with this new rule.

Name withheld by request

Where to send the photos?

There is no mention as to where the photos should be sent (No issue with photographing others if child safety is at risk, says CDA head, September 6).

Can you please provide an email address or website? Also, do the authorities consider it to be a good idea for drivers to be photographing others while operating their own cars? Asking people to use their phones while driving is unsafe as well.

Vic Lindsay, Abu Dhabi

This is one of those confusing suggestions that no one knows what to do with.

If you saw a child without a seat belt and you are driving, what would you do? It is illegal to use your phone while driving. Is it worth the risk?

Zak C Cartman, Dubai

Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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