In an educational system, where getting the maximum marks is your sole aim of studying, where understanding or depth of knowledge, especially, application skills are ignored ; yet they talk about reforms and revert to square one, we students are at a loss. The age old value of ‘don’t say anything against your teacher’ is instilled in us. But today, we are criticized of not respecting them, not valuing them and turning against them. As we grow, isn’t it true that we speak our mind, we develop our individuality and question things that we find hard to accept.
A guest lecturer who came in today , (who is the reason behind me blogging this now ) , stated the truth. “These days students know only to bunk classes. Research revealed that the main reason for this is, students find their lecturers much below their expectations. What can you expect from a lecturer who took up this profession where all doors were closed and had to take up this job? The smartest of the lot, go in to the corporate world and the future generations are left in the hands of these people, and the students are at the receiving end. Unless you get good teachers by paying them well , supported by a good infrastructure, this situation cannot be changed “.
Woah! this was coming from a lecturer and I’d been planning to blog about the same for a long time. The idea for writing about our system sprung up when my tests began and due to complete lack of interest in studies, Me and a friend ended up discussing how the educational system sucks. What else could be better excuse for not studying?
All the while, the lecture went on and I was left thinking about the most important factor the lecturer mentioned. Pay more, and get the smart ones. It s so true. The changing facets of the profession is so evident. in our present-day world. What was once considered a respectable profession, that earned you a good reputation in the society has now become a degrading profession. Sincerity, dedication, commitment and perseverance, the qualities expected of a good teacher is now replaced by thoughts of money, pay hike, allowances and finding easy means to attain cent per cent results so also, trying their level best to get out of the profession.
Who is responsible for this situation? The low paying government? The students who claim they know better than the teachers? The teachers themselves who start off a class complaining about how less they are paid and why they landed in this profession? The system itself?
Its easy to crib and complain, but if certain facts and observations are overlooked, the whole lot of future generations will be in a jeopardy.
I actually heard these words from a lecturer about a student, ” I was on the interview panel for her admission to Ph.D in this college. The interview went well, but I didn t like her beahviour previously. I don’t want her to pollute the atmosphere in that xyz college.( remember she s a guest lecturer and not talking about our college).So, I rejected her”
Now how would you analyze this stance? A student’s future is at stake coz her behaviour is unacceptable in the eyes of the lecturer (the unacceptable behaviour=the kind of clothes she wore while in junior college. Ph.d – junior college= approx.7 years difference).Do you think in 7 years time she wouldn’t have changed at all?
Where are teachers’ who always knew it, when you were treading the wrong path and tried to correct you (indirectly toning your skills to be righteous)? Where are the teachers who were proud of their students when they made it big? Where are the teachers who never felt the need to claim credit or grab the limelight for their students’ achievements but still gained it?
Does the modern teacher command respect as she used to before? Do they realize how they have to refurbish themselves to quench the thirst for knowledge of Gen-Y who live in the world where intellect, dynamism and competence rule?
To be continued…
PS: the author is in an infuriated state of mind, attributed to hunger and the insanity of a few people around..