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Teachers’ woes in Balochistan

July 01, 2012

LAST year the federal government appointed 5,000 teachers under the Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan. Actually, these are not permanent vacancies.

Besides, each teacher is being paid a fixed amount of Rs13,000 only per month which is low during these times of high inflation.

These teachers are facing many financial problems. Moreover they are worried about their jobs, as they do not have job security and the government can remove them anytime without any notice, which is mentioned in their order copy.

A sword keeps hanging on their heads. Naturally, they are mentally disturbed. Under such a tense situation, how can they teach in class with full concentration!

We all know too well that teaching is a job which needs a relaxed mind.

Another thing is that some of them have not joined at all and many of them have relinquished their jobs and have got permanent ones.

I request the government to regularise these teachers and fill all vacant posts under the Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan.


Pressure on students

RECENTLY, the suicide committed by two young boys was shocking news to say the least. One was committed by 13-year-old Muhammad Umar of MC High School Yaseenabad, Faisalabad, while the other was by 12-year-old Abdul Mubeen of Pakistan International Public School, Abbottabad.

It has been found that the real culprit behind both these suicides was the pressure exerted by their respective teachers.

There is no denying the fact that a teacher is a spiritual father who aims at the betterment of his students.

However, when teachers indulge in undesirable treatment and exert too much pressure on their students, then their role is not only a violation of their sacred profession but it also becomes questionable.

Currently, our educational system is based on the bossy behaviour of teachers. It deters students’ skills and potential to develop in the true sense. Instead of grooming students' personalities, it lets fear and complexes build up in their consciousness.

What our teachers need to realise is the fact that human beings can't be subjected to too much pressure otherwise they collapse under it. In the wake of the recent suicides of Umar and Mubeen, our educational system is certainly calling for a major overhaul.

For the sake of effective education, our teachers should be trained to shun the coercive behaviour and instead need to indulge in praise, positive feedback and encouragement of their students. This will help nurture the inherent talent of students and will lead the nation to prosper in the long run.

Salman Ayaz D.I.Khan