OVERCOMING NEW CHALLENGES

Imparting education is the noblest profession and teachers being more than the guardians of children play the most vital role in moulding and transforming them into best citizens of the nation as a result of which the teachers have been duly honoured by being called as the builders of the nation. The attraction for this profession can be well judged from the fact that the former President and the Missile Man, APJ Abdul Kalam even after leaving the President’s office took keen interest in teaching students and scholars at all levels. The late President had a number of times confessed that out of all his assignments he had utmost passion for teaching. Even our former President S Radhakrishnan was a great philosopher and teacher and India can boast of having the best teachers as compared to any other part of the world. However, it is quite unfortunate that some black sheep among the teaching fraternity have turned this noble profession into a commercial activity after being influenced by the materialistic race in the world today. It is the teacher who influences the immature minds of the youth. He treats and tries to mould the living stuff into various forms. The future of the nation is fashioned by him through the process of education. However, in the existing scenario it becomes necessary for the parents to ensure that they don’t leave the education of their wards in the hands of incompetent teachers. They must not forget that the world of tomorrow will be born from the schools of today. While the teachers in the past were held by all in the highest esteem, in the existing scenario that esteem seems to have lost all its sheen. The reason is quite clear that teachers who used to be the trustees of common welfare in the society have turned into entrepreneurs mostly with the sole aim of minting money. The mushrooming of tutorials across the towns and villages bears testimony to the fact that teachers like any other component of the society prefer to be beneficiaries rather than benefactors of the society. Analysing the factors responsible for this change one can clearly find that the materialistic race in the society has left the teachers at the lowest rung of the ladder as a result of which they are now looked down upon in society with their economic condition becoming simply miserable. With the technological leaps during the past few years one can easily visualize that the classrooms of tomorrow could be entirely different from those of today. The role of teachers will be complex and full of challenges, because dependence on the teacher will gradually diminish for an individual learner with the television, telephone and computer taking over thus self-learning and distance education coming into vogue. To overcome these new challenges there is a dire need for the teachers to get acquainted with the latest teaching techniques that are mostly dependent on the technology. Facing these challenges and failing to keep up with the latest trends due to meager salaries as compared to other professions, the teachers’ fraternity seems to be depressed and in frustration. However, the situation is not so depressing as yet and the importance of the role of the teachers has to be paramount in all the times to come for which it is necessary for the teachers to themselves become the agents of change. Teachers need to adapt themselves to the new trends for which even the government has a vital role to play especially on the economic front. This places enormous responsibilities on teachers who mould the character and minds of the new generation. The government should come up with a result oriented policy for the teachers to enable them to shift from the traditional methodology to latest modes of teaching. In our state during the last three decades both government administered education system and the private run educational institutions have failed miserably in providing value based quality education. Therefore it is high time that the government prioritizes the issue and teachers take the initiative to be the agents of change without any delay.