Societies thrive when this information translates into knowledge, a task primarily held upon by teachers. It has to be a quality act, for its highly important role in almost every action as well as output.

Flow of information has never been as smooth as is a case with the role of internet, compatible in-hand devices and social media in present-day lives. Societies thrive when this information translates into knowledge, a task primarily held upon by teachers. It has to be a quality act, for its highly important role in almost every action as well as output.    

 

Immense information takes immense effort to filter best out of all odds and ends, its flow is indeed smooth but quality is rough that has to be carved and refined till it reaches the point of saturation. Indian land of Gurus, thinkers and great teachers is a testimony to fact that teachers play a big role in bringing knowledge and values from one generation to other. The lessons of epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata have travelled thousands of years with intact values and clear lines drawn between evil and good. There were multitude of people in those epics engaged in all sort of activities but heroes always remained hero, for all credit to preachers who sustained the tradition.

 

As it happened to almost every other profession in India such as engineers and lawyers there have been major changes to profession of a teacher nowadays as well. It is not like that student do not love and respect teachers anymore or teachers do not teach with utmost care and passion but diagnosis of some crisis is visible through “not many people wanting to choose the profession”, and bitter truth is that for a large portion this noble profession has turned into a profession of necessity, which in turn adversely affects overall model of teaching profession in terms of innovation, social image, outcome quality and inspiration.

 

Many theories are being forwarded to explain Indian teachers’ crisis— a few of them are listed below:

1)  Overpopulated education training centres/colleges.

2)  Inadequate resources for timely teacher training.

3)  Overburdened teachers with workload extending beyond their teaching capabilities.

4)  Compromised teaching on account of a marks/grade oriented system with high competition.

5)  Expanding tradition of home-tutor and coaching classes, a more economic viable treat for teachers.

 

All of the above listed reasons are real to some extent in explaining crisis and each one needs to be worked out. Despite all the stoppings, like all other field, digitisation stepped in to bring fine innovations. Educators available online are helping a great lot of students at no or very affordable costs. But this is just a start and a long way is yet to be journeyed.

 

Future asks for teachers who not only transfer knowledge but also impart the values to future generations, which only can justify profession of a teacher. On this day, cheers to efforts of all the hardworking and passionate teachers.

 

Happy teachers day!