Prof Dungar Ram
Teachers’ Day is well known yearly on September 5 — the birthday of Dr S Radhakrishnan, one of the illustrious academics of our instances. No doubt the halo of glory across the day has light slightly and the annual celebration has been lowered to a mere ritual, nonetheless the commemoration is a befitting and well-deserved tribute to the towering determine.
The trainer has undoubtedly been accorded an exalted standing within the Indian custom. The significance of the position of the trainer in shaping the character, persona and profession of scholars and thus in guiding the future of the nation can by no means be exaggerated. The trainer has been variously designated as a nation-builder, pathfinder, buddy, thinker and information. All the actions of the trainer, together with the reproach and reprimand, are thought-about to have just one motive behind — the welfare and betterment of scholars.
But Teachers’ Day just isn’t merely a day to increase greetings and felicitations to academics or confer awards and honours; it’s a day of soul-searching, of crucial evaluation of the platform the place the trainer stands right now. Does he actually deserve the fantastic appreciation and commendable honours which he seeks? How a lot of the dignity which the academics of the outdated wielded has he maintained? Does he carry out his instructing obligation with a way of service, or he solely craves for materials acquire? Is he conscious that he’s a task mannequin to be adopted and that morality and integrity are his watchwords?
The present state of affairs with regard to the place and fame of the trainer in society, proper from the elementary trainer to the college don, presents a dismal image. The media continuously exposes and shows the ugly, immoral, shameful and even heinous actions of 1 trainer right here and the opposite there. No marvel that epithets like ‘vultures’ and ‘hawks’ have come to be related to such academics. They could also be solely a handful in quantity, however they show a blot on the entire class and tarnish its in any other case vivid picture. Let apart tutorial deterioration, the disdainful decline in morals is all of the extra condemnable. The traits are certainly difficult and command the eye not solely of the executive authorities, but in addition of all enlightened residents.
We heap ample reward on the academics of the previous likely as a result of we have now no endurance with their current-day counterparts. It has grow to be virtually a conference to bathe admiration on the outdated pedagogues, however have a low esteem of the present-day technology of academics. Now, it is vitally troublesome to say with conviction that there have been no black sheep within the instructing flock of the previous. It could also be argued that their dishonourable actions handed off with out a lot uproar as press and digital media weren’t so lively. Take, for instance, the case of corporal punishment. It was generally believed that the trainer’s beating was well-intentioned. But right now’s trainer should realise that not solely the circumstances, however the legal guidelines have additionally undergone transformation. He should spare no effort to befit himself within the altering atmosphere and equip himself with the brand new strategies to play his position positively.
Another level deserves cautious examination. In the two-tier system of training — authorities faculties and convent/public faculties — a large gulf has occurred. College academics with authorities college background confronting college students passing out from convent faculties face a number of issues, together with these of pronunciation and expression. The state of affairs turns into awkward when the trainer seems to be incompetent and his college students have wider tutorial data than him. There are examples the place some sensible college students couldn’t rating the anticipated marks in examination maybe as a result of their solutions occurred to be past the comprehension and vary of the examiner. The treatment lies in holding occasional in-service coaching camps, orientation, refresher programs and different related tutorial workouts for the academics.
It would absolutely be incorrect to assert that the traditional gurus or previous academics had superior tutorial requirements. According to Shaw’s principle of Life Force, each new technology is wiser, extra lively, extra clever than the earlier one. How can, subsequently, the trainer of the brand new technology alone be inferior? The moot level is the atmosphere; maybe the society itself is partly chargeable for the trainer’s ethical fall. The trainer is himself a product of society and we all know mangoes can by no means develop on cacti.
The darkish clouds surrounding the determine of the trainer mustn’t dishearten and disappoint us. Innumerable conscientious and well-meaning academics nonetheless exist who’re dedicated to the reason for training. They nonetheless carry ahead the torch of information and studying and can by no means let it peter out. Only the youthful ones amongst them should be extra acutely aware and curious. They should keep in mind that instructing remains to be a noble career and so they should dedicate themselves to this nice trigger. They certainly have a heavy duty on their shoulders; the nation seems upon them with diehard optimism.
Wordsworth as soon as stated, “Every great poet is a teacher, I would like to be considered either as a teacher or as nothing.”
One purpose most likely for the negligence of the trainer is that instructing has by no means been thought to be a profitable job. Once an elder in a village requested a trainer with a number of years of standing, “Have you got some job or are you still twisting children’s ears?” Needless to say that the aged gentleman was too ignorant to understand the noble work dealt with by the trainer. The instructing atmosphere at current has really grown ignominiously vicious, however at the present time will immediate and encourage the academics to rejuvenate themselves.
A trainer can nonetheless stir the soul of the nation, put a brand new lease of life into the diseased bones of the career.
Awake, come up and act with braveness in coronary heart and religion in God, try carefully, vigorously and truthfully in order to regain the crowning glory that you just as soon as had and that you just richly deserve!
The author is a former member of the Haryana Public Service Commission, and a retired school trainer