The future of a country is shaped in the hands of parents and more importantly, in the hands of the teachers. These days there is a dearth of academically sound, passionate, sincere teachers who genuinely pursue teaching as a career to bring about a positive change in the lives of children and mould the future of this nation.
The present scenario is agonising. The candidates who have been left out of the-Rat-Race seem to be the only ones opting for this pious profession. The minimal salary, long working hours and the ever-increasing workload (unnecessary paperwork) are working as deterrents for the passionate candidates who wish to take up teaching!
Just as we had the Green Revolution in the field of agriculture, we need to revolutionise the teaching profession of our country. First and foremost, the salary should be at par with those of the other professions; and why not…don’t we all want our kids to be taught/mentored by the best professionals in the world! And mind you, the increase in the salary should NOT be synonymous with increase in working hours. The teacher already does enough physical labour with the students and he/she needs time to relax and rejuvenate so that she is ready with a warm smile and an open heart when the child walks into the class, each day…!!
Next, the lost dignity and respect of the teaching fraternity should be restored. Here, I mean the dignity and respect which was bestowed on the gurus in the ancient times and also on our own teachers, till the recent past. The integrity of our teachers was never doubted. Ask any individual who graduated till the late 90s, and they would flood you with stories of corporal punishment meted out to them or their classmates. The teachers were never questioned either by the institution or by the parents, not because the parents were scared that the teacher would spoil the future of their ward, instead the teachers were trusted. If the child dared to complain to the parent, the only answer he/she would get was “I am sure you are either not studying well or done something wrong to get the wrath of your teacher”. By saying this, by no means I advocate corporal punishment. I only wish to bring home the point that no one doubted the credibility of a teacher or a guru in the past.
Since the dawn of this century, the teacher has slowly lost her glory. Today the teaching fraternity is at the mercy of the parents. And it is a major challenge to satiate the expectations of parents. Educators, who were once revered, have become the means to bring home a commodity namely ‘education’. The parents forget that if they do not teach their child to respect the teacher, the child will be unable to hold the teacher in high esteem and benefit from their vast knowledge. This is the reason why today’s child is lost. The deterioration is not only evident in the system but also in the society at large.
I hope that the teaching fraternity is once again revered so that we can pick up the loose threads of the value system in our country before they become too weak and snap off.
I hope that the most honest and dedicated people opt for the teaching profession so that we soon witness the ‘acche din’ which our Prime Minister had envisioned for the country.
I hope that the best of minds take up teaching as their first choice because if their is no teacher, then there aren’t any other professions. Such is the magnanimity of this profession.
Hoping for a better future for the teachers… !! And more so for the future generations of our country!!
p.s. – I wrote this blog not because I am a teacher, but because I want each child to be mentored by the academically sound, passionate and sincere teachers.