Teachers can play vital role in imparting quality education

September 05, 2012 12:18 PM

Need to bridge the gap between teacher-student is the need of the hour
By Harish K Monga
FEROZEPUR: 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was the well-known diplomat, scholar, president of India and above all a teacher.

As Dr. S. Radhakrishnan had himself said, "Teaching is its own reward. The satisfaction it gives the teacher is not comparable. A good teacher is always remembered by the student wherever he is".

When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, he was approached by some of his students and friends and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his "birthday". In reply, Dr.Radhakrishnan said, "instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' day". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan's love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers' Day in India and it is now a national function, celebrated only in India.

Apart from ‘Right to Education Act’, what India needs is a ‘Right to Quality Education’. We cannot have quality without a holistic approach. An institute cannot focus on laboratory in the first year, then faculty the next; this segmentation approach does not work. In medical sciences, 14 per cent of the world’s undergraduate and 16 per cent of post graduate seats are in India making us the repository and trained manpower. But if the manpower is of bad quality, we will fail.

According to educationists, education is science of modification of behaviour. Whatever we learn and experience in the development of our life, called education. It is an admitted fact that what we learn, it brings a change in our thinking and behaviour and this change is the basis for change in our personality.

It is imperative that we introduce quality education at the primary level in schools. Also while imparting education the aspect of moral values and ethics should be given paramount importance. The syllabus which is used in both schools and colleges should not be in terms of quantity alone, but quality as well. At the same time, we must not forget that whatever education we provide, ultimately is useful to students, our society and nation. The current framework of education needs to be changed and replaced on the basis of our cultural heritage.

Quality education could be ensured only with whole hearted support of teachers as they play a very important role in the entire set-up. We also have to understand that in this globalize era quality education has become survival issue.Rajan Velurkar, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, has rightly pointed out that enhancing quality is a process and one needs to understand it properly. Expansion of current facilities, inclusion of more topics in syllabus and excellence are three important factors, for enhancing quality education.

If we see the existing education system, it is felt that our education system instead of bringing a change in the behaviour of the students, it encourages for adverse attitude at the time of annual exams. This is the reasons that there are more than 2000 suicides committed by the students during the annual exams and at the time announcement of results.

Now the Centre and State governments, to enhance the percentage of literacy, have started number of schemes by spending crores of rupees and Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan (SSA) is one of the schemes. But, side by side the real aim for education must be fulfilled because literacy is part of education and one is not educated only with the literate.

Development in human values along with the literacy should be the aim of education. Now a day, the teachers are after completion of syllabus and students as to how to get the higher marks but simultaneously, if we inculcate human values, then the chronic problems in the society like unhappiness, discontentment, violence, ego, misunderstanding, casteism etc. will automatically vanish.The aim of our education should also be to create interest towards creativity which means to think with confidence, to follow on the different but good paths, to change the existingsystem with better one, be ready for the new experiences and always, the show go on.

Once someone asked the great man, “Who is most distressed man in the world?”. He replied, “A person having no friend”. A friend has been considered above money, land and property. A friendship cannot be bought with money. Before making a true friend, one has to become himself a true friend. This type of education can only and easily be given through the dedicated and devoted teachers.Every home or institution is facing the problem to maintain a discipline as the discipline forced with the stick, does not go a long way. For this, the teacher has to show the initiative as the teacher is a role model for the students.

With the expansion of education, we can relieve the students from superstitions besides
making them encouraged for bearing miserable conditions and tolerance.The old people can give too much to the society but we have to give them due respect, if we have to gain something, we have to listen them properly and show sympathy.

After independence, there is too much decline in the thinking of the people which is beyond imagination. In case, one wakes up after 60-70 years sleep, he will not believ that he slept in this world. We have to inculcate the idea of sacrifice for others.In the competition era, it is necessary to convert the time into money, for which education should also teach the importance of time for over-all development. The existing education system has little value for money paid because of a number of factors. There are too many graduates which results in unemployment even of that work excel ad do
good courses. They think the content and teaching approach are too theoretical; resulting in training job seeks and not job makers. But the engineers, teachers and vocational students have a hope of competing quite favourably on the job market or being self employed.

During the vacations, vocational training courses have to make compulsory so that till such time the student is matured, he is able to start his own work to be a self-dependent.

Drug addition has become an international problem and coming generations have to be shown the horror picture of the long term impacts of addictions and education can do well to overcome this social menace. The students, who are the future of mankind, need to be educated on environment and if we have to save our self, we have to save environment by educating about its importance in our life.

The main idea is to draw the attention of the society towards this profession. No other profession, either medical or legal, has a day meant to celebrate and honour the best among them. It is a unique honour awarded to the teaching profession in our country. It was true that a teacher enjoyed a place of honour after the mother and father and was only next to them, in our ancient society.Many changes have taken place. A teacher is no longer a selfless Guru. He is a paid employee, just like any other worker in an office or factory. With this social concept, it is difficult to expect society to honour the teachers. But even now there are teachers who are respected and loved for their selfless service, spotless character and unbiased love and
affection they show to all their students. All such teachers may not get awards. The social respect they command is itself an award.

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. Teachers mold the lives because the lessons learned from their own teachers which remain in the minds of students throughout life. Teachers need encouragement and support from the community to feel that their devotion to students is appreciated.

Without the dedication and devotion of teachers, it would not be possible, if we want to narrow the gap between teacher-students. The parents must also come forward to ask the teachers to teach their wards, as per the letter written by Abraham Lincoln, to his son's teacher which has the beauty of expression and the gravity of the essence.

So, the need of the hour is not only to give bookish knowledge through our education system but to make the students aware about the human values and it could only be possible if we adopt the quality education in our system

What I feel is, the teachers can motivate the students, if they start giving five minutes moral education daily before starting the subject of syllabus in the class.

A letter from Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America (1861 – 1865) is
one of the world’s great statesmen for all time.

Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to the head master of his school in which his son was
studying, a letter so typical of the man who bore malice towards none and had charity
for all.

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero: that far every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader.

Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. It will take time, I know a long time, but teach, if you can, that a dollar earned is of more value then five of found.

Teach him, to learn to lose and also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy, if you can, teach in the secret of quiet laughter.

Teach him, if you can the wonder of books. But also give quiet time wonder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on the green hillside.

In a school teach him, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.

Teach him to have faith in his own idea, even if anyone else tells him they are wrong.

Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough.

Teach him to listen to all men…But teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of
truth, and take only the good one that comes through.

Teach him, if you can how to laugh when he is sad. Teach him there is no shame in
Teach them to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidder but never to put a prize tag
on his heart and soul.

Teach him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes the fine

Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have
some sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what can you do. He is such a fine little fellow, my son!

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