I have been honoured to communicate with many parents, teachers, students, principals and education management professionals across the nation and nearly all of them have commonly expressed dissatisfaction regarding the following facts:
I am not going to spend much time here in explaining a teacher’s role in schools as we already know that they are the most important people in influencing both the students’ learning and development. A great teacher always decides the students’ growth through the teaching-learning procedure in schools.
Here my concern is the lack of due importance provided to the teacher development programs and the missing importance of developing teachers as a part of the teaching-learning process. Personally, I believe that our mindset that has placed teachers always in a divine light has impacted the way teachers must been trained and supported justifiably with support vis-à-vis any other expert. Albeit I regard teaching as a noble profession indeed; however, the holy metaphor has somehow made this profession too divine to be provided with a fair chance to blossom. Making a bureaucrat, a scientist, an engineer, a doctor etc. is all well-planned actually and the result is always well-structured but we always expect teachers to be born with incredible excellence and passion. Believe me! Teaching a 5-year-old student to learn efficiently is not less difficult than performing a bypass surgery. It is completely the matter of saving life in both professions.
Unfortunately, I have observed that teacher training in many situations worked under the following premises:
Schools should understand the essentiality of well-structured teacher training programs that are necessary for the teaching-learning process of the schools. As the teachers play the key role in the performance and development of the students, these programs must be provided their due importance in the curriculum. Understanding and researching different models for the same is similarly required to allow better teaching-learning practices. Just keep in mind that every teacher should learn and grow in order to help students learn and grow to a great extent.