Shillong: On September 5, Schools and Colleges across the country will celebrate Teachers’ Day. It is the time when teachers’ contribution to society is celebrated.
However in Meghalaya it is the only day and time when the importance of the profession is highlighted and the remaining part of the year, teachers have to fight for their rights besides imparting knowledge and wisdom to the students in the State because “our State (Meghalaya) has created history, nothing is achieved without agitation especially in the field of Education Department”.
Our Slogan on Teachers’ Day this year is “Take a Stands for Teachers” Meghalaya SSA School Association (MSSASA) Central Body President Aristotle C. Rymbai said in his statement.
Teachers provide an invaluable service. They are the first guides of children outside their homes, helping them to discover and understand the world around through the power of books, learning and knowledge – through the power of education.
To take a stand for teachers and the teaching profession means to support teachers in the work that they do by providing adequate training, ongoing professional development, and protecting their rights. All over the world, a quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. However, there can be no quality education if teachers are not encouraged, supported and motivated.
All over the world, a quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. However, there can be no quality education if teachers are not encouraged, supported and motivated.
From times to times , Governments are urged to provide teachers with access to training opportunities and continued professional development, based on appropriate qualifications. Attracting committed and diverse teachers require environments that value professional autonomy and equality.
Teachers need to be supported in fulfilling their responsibilities to students, and their voices must be listened to by school leaders, Government, education systems and public authorities.
Teachers’ salaries must be set objectively and fairly, such that remuneration is commensurate with the importance of the profession and the qualifications and responsibilities of individual teachers.
This Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to honor the women and men who inspire, challenge and nurture us. On this day, we call for the creation of supportive teaching environments, adequate teacher training and safeguards for the rights of teachers.
We must break the vicious cycle of declining professional conditions for teachers in order to improve the quality of learning for all. “The Society and the Government expects a lot from teachers – we (Teachers), in turn, are right to expect as much from them, Rymbai added.
To conclude, “as per the Constitutional Provision of India, education is on the concurrent list, it is, therefore, necessary that the State Government takes immediate measures for the betterment of the teaching community to achieve the Prime objective of quality education in Meghalaya.
Lets the Spirit of Quality Education does not end up only in the four wall boundaries and only in speech but we as teachers we want Quality Education to be implemented in true spirit and in practical.
As Teachers are at the heart of our education system and the success of any effort to improve the quality is solely dependent on teachers. Quality issues in education are crucially linked to quality issues in teachers.
Our education system will be able to deliver good education when all stands (teacher education, service conditions of the teacher, curriculum, school processes, etc) fulfill. Partial implementation of rules or implementation that does not reflect the spirit of Quality Education defeats the entire purpose of it.
On this occasion, we would like to suggest to the State govt that concrete step to find out ways and means for the better of teachers community is the need of an hour in order to achieve the quality of education and well-being of our future citizen in times to come.
Is it deserved for the teachers to raise his voice? well! without neglecting who made them to take this profession as a challenging job not just to earn his livelihood but to sacrifice for the growth and development of the nation.
Therefore it is high time to raise our voice and take a stands for teachers for Government to come up with a definite education policy, one for all” Has Government of Meghalaya Learnt its Lesson? or it will take another year to come.
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