Let me begin this with a wish to all the teachers around the Globe . A Very Happy Teachers Day to All the respected teachers,
On the occasion of teacher’s day I pay tribute to our former president of India Dr.S. Radhakrishnan, a philosopher and a statesman. Dr. Radhakrishnan choose to turn his birthday into a remarkable day, where teachers would be celebrated for the hard work, dedication and teaching.
Teaching is the profession that creates all other professions. lets appreciate and salute every teacher around the globe
Teachers are true nation builders
A teacher, a Guru, a Ustad is revered in our society for mentoring our children , building their character and preparing them to face larger challenges of life. Teachers play very important role in building the society and nation, we have high respect for this noble profession and noble soul.
I still remember my primary teachers; they play the role of our parents at the school, and guide us in the endeavors of our life not only in the school or colleges but also after we are away from them. Teachers mould us from our young years and give us a foundation for life, regardless of the particular paths that we eventually choose; they always light our ways with guidance. I wish to pay my tribute to my school teachers and university professors, who inspired me, teacher late Janab Shabuddin, government primary school, Aland and late Professor Janab B.B. PatilOkaly, professor of Gulbarga University, and my living teacher JanabGulam Husain Chirag Hussain and Professor Dr. Kavante.
Some of the greatest leadership personalities and thinkers in the world history were once teachers, Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu. More recently examples of teachers, including US president John Adams, Lyndon Johson and Jimmy Carter.A good teacher discovers the natural gifts of his/her pupils and liberate them. Teachers understand intuitively that their mandate is to make sure that every child grows under their care regardless of personal capacity.
Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education and Vivekannda has beautifully defined the purpose of education. “We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s own feet”.
I wish to quote some more quotation from the philosophers and thinkers which impressed and influenced me:
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. – Plato
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another – GK. Chesterton
Education purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open on. – Malcon Forbs.
think rationally and to value human emotions over materialism – Confucius
Aristotle said“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” and I strongly believe that “ what does not get measured does not get done”.
Concerns Before Us
As an education activist, I have major concerns about education standard in our country and particularly in Gulbarga district. Gulbarga is considered as the educational hub, we have a large number of schools, pre-universities, degree &technical colleges and institutions, honest assessment is very important and my assessment is that we have quantity but no quality, we have good potential in students, but we do not have talented, creative and motivated teachers who can put their dedication to produce leaders of tomorrow in all channels.
unfortunately the standard of education is not up to the mark or you can say it is below average, there is a lack of infrastructure in the schools degree and technical colleges, I feel that low salary do not attract the best minds to teaching, Unless we attract high quality teachers it is not possible to impart good education to students. A way out to be double or triple the salaries for worthy teachers.
Teaching standard is going down, most of the students who are coming out from the colleges are not competitive, they are not enough smart to compete in the market to get employment in the reputed companies . On this important day I would like to bring into the attention of the Public Education Department and management of education societies to improve standard of education, the quality of education provided both at government and private schools has to be improved significantly.
It is noticed that a few number of girls are going to schools, as per the size of girls population, that size is not seen in the schools- that should be a worry for us, it is said that if you educate a boy, you educate an individual, but you educate a girl, you educate a society, as per the statement of Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H), if you want to educate a nation, you educate a girl. Therefore, we Muslims must focus on the girls education, and educated girls can play a vital role in building a welfare family and vibrant society.
It is said that what does not get measured, does not get done, therefore, we should identify the challenges and opportunities of students. We should create a council consisting of eminent people from various walks of life to identify the challenges and find their solutions.
As per the data, KBN Engineering college alone has produced 10,000 engineers during the past 25 years, we have doctors and engineers in large number in Gulbarga. I want students to see the choices in front of them, I want them to look at Finance, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, Supply chain, hospitality industry, Mass communication, journalism and Law from top colleges and at the same time get interest into state public service commission and union public commission competitive exams like KAS/IAS/IFS/IPS. Also we need to invite experts from other parts of India and abroad to conduct the workshops and lectures to polish skills of our youngster and in developing their skills to become entrepreneurs and leaders.
Unfortunately standard is going down not only in Gulbarga, across the India, day by day, B.A.B.Ed and B.Sc. B.Edstudents were not able to crack the CTET examination.
The result of the eligibility examination for teachers conducted by the CBSC in 2013 has raised concern about candidates’awful educational standard. From more than 6 lakh aspiring teachers, who took the central teachers eligibility test,only 5.6% could manage to qualify. Government and civil society should take the note of this result seriously. We should have innovative and block buster ideas to improve the quality of education to develop skills, ability, and character and build minds to make them competitive.
The former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam remarked that only 25% graduating students were employable, the rest of lacking in technical knowledge, English proficiency and critical thinking. Mr. Sam petroda, former chairman of national knowledge commission says that only 10,000 of the 90,000 MBAs who graduate are employable. Both statements alarmed us that education system should teach required skills at both school and college level.
On thisTeachers day I will recommend that we should work in the direction to make our society knowledgeable and self sufficient. We as a parent , and member of a civil society , should focus to provide quality education to our children, polish their skills, encourage them , spend time and money to make them knowledgeable , competent, a responsible citizen and a kind human being., it will be good for both individual and society and the nation
Without a vibrant primary and secondary education system it is unlikely that we have a sound technical colleges & university education system. The lack of focus on quality has severely impacted the teaching quality in schools.
I wish my little words invite teachers, schools management committee and civil society attention to improve the education standard of our schools and colleges.The future of our youths in the hands of teachers. Our teachers should also give them moral education, very important and needed, they have to fill their minds with words like civility, respect, responsibility, tolerance, patience, compassion, generosity loyalty, mutual respect, kindness, secular fabric and morality – raise sense of social responsibility, giving back to society andinject a spirit into them to work for the interest of the whole society with a vision to build “A Great Society” for the people of India.
On the teacher’s day, I appreciate the efforts of all teachers and management in general of all schools, and particularly of two schools, one is Gulshane- Atfal in Gulbarga and another one is Shaheen at Bidar. They are doing extremely hard work and imparting quality education and I appeal all education societies to get inspired from them and work to improve the standard of education in their respective schools. I would like to remind that “Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intension, sincere efforts, intelligent direction and skillful execution”
I advise to my readers to have small library in your home, give books into the hands of your children – Books are a bridge between generations. Every one has to contribute according to his or her ability & capability to make society a much better place.
Note : The author Mr SaleemKhaleefa M.A. Political Science majored with public administration is from Gulbarga, currently based in Jeddah, a political, social and education activist. He writes on scores of issues concerning the socity in general and Muslim community as well as Gulbarga in particular.