THIS is apropos the letter ‘Teaching profession’ (Aug 24). It is misery when a person cannot pursue a desired career or is less ambitious and becomes a teacher as a last resort. In reality, a teacher should be a person who instills the best in you to produce top-notch managers, doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers, teachers, etc.

However, in Pakistan we are trying to reap crops from barren soil.

When the malpractices of a doctor or engineer or manager cause death or harm in society they are sued. But a teacher is never sued who is the root cause for all evil.

Improvements are not only subject to material incentives; rather it has to be scrutinized how much they are satisfied psychologically. It was Confucius who said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

The reason why teachers are not effective is because most of them never like to teach. Besides, the profession is considered to be unglamorous therefore they find them far behind the race.

Notwithstanding the fact that public-sector teachers/lecturers are paid well if we compare the services they provide with the remuneration they get.

Either teachers are extremely satisfied with their pay so they stop struggling, as George Bernard Shaw said, “Satisfaction is death”. Most of them concentrate on part-time teaching jobs for making their life lucrative, as they have more spare time in comparison to other professions.

Teachers/lecturers are monitored too well in the private sector.

The profession needs to have self-accountability, contentiousness and integrity and it can be done best by the teacher/lecturer herself/himself and not others as the teacher is akin to a leader.

TAYYABA MAKHDOOM Kotri, Jamshoro

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EQ8Rhomes
September 17, 2013 8:58 am

I don't know about "contentiousness", but a teachers must be able to challenge all ideas and views. But in most countries, teachers are not allowed to challenge commonly held beliefs and traditions. Actually, even most internet forum sites "moderate" and suppress even the slightest criticism of the "sacred" or "semi-sacred". Untill all ideas are up for scrutiny, teachers will fail mostly.

sarfaraz
September 17, 2013 11:17 am

Good that you know George Bernard Shaw but your comments " the teacher is root cause of evil" is most un-welcome. Quote two example out of personal experience : During the ZAB period many were appointed as teachers working as maids in houses. They did not know nothing of the profession - absolutely. Recently a very close relative passed her BA BEd and applied for the post of a Junior Teacher. She was interviewed and found not good - very good. She was asked to pay five lac if she wants the job. Having no money and no source for 'parchi',- discouraged and frustrated - rotting in the house-hold !

khanm
September 17, 2013 4:50 pm

In order to win a race we need a good jockey and a good horse.. Teachers alone won’t help… we need motivated good students as well. We need to have a decent society where they grow… environment is the largest contributing factor in molding their characters….

sarfaraz
September 17, 2013 5:24 pm

During my last 40 years of going through this Newpaper DAWN - never came across more of a biased people like this team.

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