Because its Teacher’s Day ahead
So another 5th September. Many of us in our childhood would have written essay on my favourite teacher. Many of us would have given away teacher’s day cards to our beloved teachers. When in senior wing, many of us would have imitated our teachers and taught the juniors. Is this all what teacher’s day is about? We would have time and again wrote, ‘Teachers are our nation-builders’; we must respect teachers and so forth.
Certainly, teachers have huge stake in all-round development of the country, of being the torch bearers for the future of our country. But the learning outcomes as revealed by some of the leading NGOs viz. CRY and Pratham are quite disappointing. Apart from the serious loopholes in terms of infrastructure, it has been stated that poor teacher training is another major roadblock in transforming our education sector. A large proportion of teacher population in the country do not have even B.Ed degree, this is not to mean that holding a degree is panacea to all problems rather to simply signify the need of skills training for teachers to help them deliver to the fullest. Another issue which our education sector has been consistently facing is that of regularity of teachers, especially when it comes to municipal schools or schools in rural areas. Lack of a proper oversight authority leads to deepening of the problem. Even though rules have become stricter with regard to corporal punishment, we hear stories of kids being beaten up quite often. There’s a serious shortage of teachers in urban hinterland and rural areas to the extent of just one teacher for the whole school! This is when unemployment rate in India remains quite high. Is it that people do not want to get into teaching profession? What really stops people from keeping teaching as their prime career option? Campaigns like that of Teach For India among others to an extent has reinvigorated the respect for the role that teachers play and can play.
We need to value our teachers more. They need to be made aware of all latest teaching techniques and aids to meet the present day challenges. Teachers working in far-flung areas need to be given lucrative incentives and good salary too which encourages them to render their services whole-heartedly. Monitoring authorities need to be fully functional that also incorporates reviews from the parents and guardians of the children. Specific training must be provided for the teachers who cater to children with special needs and be incentivized accordingly. Staff room facilities in schools must meet the minimum standards to provide a friendly working environment. Lets just celebrate the spirit of education! We need our teachers to be excellent so that children are outstanding and our future be brilliant.
Article by Reeti. Do visit her blog: WINGS TO FLY HIGH