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Teacher travail

As schools open for the new academic year, teacher Usha Unnikrishnan spills her woes


We have been hounded by the media, psychiatrists, counsellors and parents. The teacher community is under threat. The amount of pressure that a teacher undergoes is what goes unnoticed.

One has to maintain discipline, but where does discipline come from when you cannot correct a child? Correcting a student is looked at with bitterness. The media has helped by updating news and information and of course, sensationalising things beyond limits. There are plenty of positive reports that the print media can come out with. Why do they choose to prey on us? There is hardly anything even on Teachers’ Day. What a pity!

Earlier corporal punishment was prevalent. Now teachers have accepted the changes in the scenario; almost playing the role of a counsellor. In today’s nuclear family, a child has acquired the art of intolerance. Are parents inculcating the virtue of being tolerant? Do parents have the time to instil values at home? Value-based learning systems are in place in schools.

Every child is precious to us and we nurture them with deep care and attention, bringing out their talents and helping them with every little thing. Teachers have no incentive except for the smiles, love and success of their students. A few have blemished the clan but they are just a few. There are many who are passionate about the profession and I write on behalf of ‘the many’.

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