Blaming teachers only

The situation as not as bad as it's portrayed

RESPONSE

FIDA HUSSAIN SHEIKH

This refers to the article “Teacher Under Scanner” by Fazl Illahi (GK, Oct 18, 2012). The author has blindly targeted the teacher community for the mess which he thinks we are in. The first impression that one gets from the article is that the author seems unaware of the ground situation of our education system. It is not fair to conclude the whole educational scenario by visiting a few government schools in urban area. The situation is not as grim as portrayed. The author admits the problems created by the lack of infrastructure but does not see the problems and hurdles created by it. The lack of infrastructure in fact is a major hurdle in the educational development and this is more so in case of our valley. In contrast to a private schoolteacher, a government teacher takes the classes under the open sky, takes at least three classes in one period all in one room, if available. And then he has to undertake extra assignments in the form of door to door surveys etc. He has to maintain the official records on daily basis and spend at least one hour for this.


The government teachers do not lack the spirit and commitment and this can be judged from the increasing enrollment, retention and quality of education especially in rural areas where we have most of the population. Yes, the well-to-do families are still not ready to send their wards to government schools, but the teachers are not to be blamed. The main cause can be attributed to the ever increasing number of private schools in addition to the non involvement of these families in the government school affairs. However in rural areas we have a changing trend now. When teachers admit their wards in government schools, doesn’t it mean improvement? We have more intelligent and innovative teachers working in government schools and showing their talent even in unsuitable conditions. Newer and innovative methods of teaching are the order of the day in government schools. Efficient training programmes are conducted for the teachers and the methods are being applied in the classrooms very efficiently. We do have very sound and organized village education committees, parent teacher associations, etc, who are involved in day to day affairs of the schools. Even training programmes on regular basis are being conducted for these community members wherein they are apprised of their roles and responsibilities. These programmes have proved to be more fruitful and have shown positive results. There is no need to install CCTV in classrooms as the situation is not that worse.
Isn’t it unfair to blame teachers only? Doesn’t a teacher give his best? These questions can be better answered by looking at the situation on the whole and not examining a few schools in the city. We should look beyond and avoid using them as measuring unit for education.

(The writer is a government teacher from Zone Ashmuqam, Islamabad. Feedback at sfidahirm@rediffmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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