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Changing Scenario of the Teaching Profession
Wednesday September 7, 2016 11:58 AM, Imran Inamdar,

Teachers Day

5th September is celebrated as Teachers’ Day in every school and college by the students to honour and pay respect to teachers for their valuable contribution to the society and the nation by imparting knowledge and shaping the career of students.

In fact, 5th September is the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who was a teacher and scholar. In his later life, he became Vice-President of India and then President.

This day is considered as a very special day for teachers. On the same day, students, parents and the govt authorities also extend their best wishes and honored them 'Best Teacher Award' as well.

Two three decades back, simple clothes, stick in the hand, a bag on the shoulder and the bicycle were the symbols of the teachers. Guruji or Janab was the most respectable for students and society, simple living and high thinking were their motto, who gets low salary.

But after sixth pay commission, scenario and living standard of teachers have started changing rapidly. Now, it has become very attractive and hot salary job. Private glamorous schools, so called tuition classes are playing key role in the changing scenario. Students don’t respect their teachers is a common complaint one receives from teachers these days.

Solapur city based SSA Urdu School’s Head Master A. Jabbar Sheikh opined that various factors are responsible for changing scenario of the teaching field during 80's or 90's.

"We find nearly 80% teachers efficient and dedicated but now the figure is going down rapidly. We hardly find 50% fit for this noble job. A large number of youths go to B.Ed or D Ed just to get handsome salary and easy going job", he said.

He further said that corruption is also a damaging factor resulting in appointments of inefficient teachers.

He further added that earlier students used to come from joint families where they get good moral values and pampered by the elderly people and other relatives. But now nuclear families are destructing the children care affecting largely on their behavior.

A Solapur Dist Junile Justice board member and a teacher Sameer Syed on the other hand said that today’s students are comparatively good and energetic. Earlier, teachers used to beat children for minor reasons which was very damaging and just like a psychological killing of the students.

"But the Act like POCSO came into force which doesn’t allow teachers to beat their students at all", he said.

He further said that teachers should get proper training to counsel or tackle his/her problematic students without beating or hurting his/her sentiment.

"In this regard, we frequently visit schools and interact with teachers", he said.

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