FIDA HUSSAIN SODAGAR
Respected Teachers: Accept my heartfelt congratulations. The reason for extending this wish is overt. Now , you are handsome salaried employees of the Government. You have a big time to rejoice. That is your right. After all you struggled a lot for this celebration. Rather you are more than employees. You have a beautiful tag associated with you. You are the “Builders of Nation”. You have the power to be the agents of revolution. You took a lot of humiliation to bear the fruits of this success. You proved your mettle on roads by compelling the Government to accept your demands. This side is all well and good. But, there is the other side of the story. Now, it is the time to prove yourselves in rejuvenating the education system in the Government Schools. It is the time to be committed in strengthening the academic standards. Now you have responsibilities. If you will be not spurn the non serious approach now, then your celebrations transform into hypocrisy.
Before any further celebration, I want to point some of the apprehensions. Doctors, journalists, engineers, bureaucrats and people from all professions are manufactured and nurtured at schools. Teachers are the grass root level mentors. If there will be lacunae in the basic education system, t he imperfection will be reflected at levels. Your profession should be an example for all other professions. You should be a role model for all. Teachers leave a deep mark on the life and personality of every human being.
Now, you have to work. No excuses. The condition of the Government Schools is no obscure fact. It is worse than the worse. If you will still be incompetent, you have to give answers. You will be tagged as deadwood if you will fail to prove your mettle. You will reap the fruits but you will deceive your conscience. The results of the Government schools are shattered. At least spare us now. Have mercy on the children studying in Government Schools. Show us the results; we will congratulate you more cogently. If not then don’t try to be the messengers of education. The parents are compelled to admit their children in the private schools. It has led to the unhealthy and aggressive privatization of education.
The gang of private Schools has flourished and they are plundering under the garb of better education. The teachers discussing “Ghar Ghar ki kahani” have to deliver. If you are in sync with the contemporary competitive era, why there are no sign of progress in the results of government schools? Why you prefer to admit your own children in private schools? Do you doubt your own teaching? If , yes then it a tragedy and a scam of larger scale blooming in the system. If all the teachers are equipped with impressive degrees, wherein lies the fault?
We also admit Government has a big role to play, but you also have a responsibility. You protest. You struggle for your right which is indispensible for your survival. But you have to introduce the concept of a civilized teaching community. Don’t politicize the teaching profession. You don’t shy to get humiliated for your rights; then don’t be shy in putting in your efforts to get best out of the schools. Infrastructures apart; instill a sense of academic excellence. That excellence doesn’t permeate by excuses. The crucial academic infrastructure and the teaching infrastructure you can develop at your own level. The excuse logic is illogical. You have to focus on your teaching methodology. You have to bring a paradigm shift from the gossiping culture to serious competitive environment.
The words are unending, but I will end it with a hope that you will be the agents of change. You will not be the laggards in the broken system. You will give your best to realize the dream of robust education system. You will bring a new dawn of blossoming academics in the tormented Government Schools. We can hope, nothing more than that.
— The author holds a P.G in Mass Communication and Journalism and writes on various issues. He can be reached a:t email@example.com.