Teaching? – Naaah…
There are some jobs in this world which can be done only by those who are passionate about it. Only they can do justice to it. The job of teaching is one such. When we talk about the quality of education major thing that will strike our mind is the quality of teachers. Even though our education institutions are scratching the last penny from the parents’ pockets, the amount they are paying to the teachers who are working in them is very less. Not even a 20% of the total fees. I will not wonder if the school institutions soon reporting about their annual profit and college institutions their half-yearly(Semester) profit-loss report. With the teachers are being underpaid many talented graduates were reluctant to take up the job even though they love it. With the price of living in this world is shooting up every now and then, it is not advisable to take teaching as a profession.
Now-a-days the ones (not all) who are taking up the job are who didn’t get any job to do. It’s not without a reason. They lack respect, dignity and the least thing money. Some 20 or 25 years back, the teachers’ commanded respect like no other. They are treated like gods. They are respected so as their words. Now, if somebody says that he/she was a teacher, the next question that will be shot at them is “Haven’t you get any other better job”? During my school days, there are teachers whom I liked much. The ones whom I liked, they are passionate about their profession. They are proud about themselves. I am able to sense it when they teach us. But as the years went, their proportion also reduced. The ones who are joined later were not upto the standards.
When I studied my college, my tuition fee is 27,000 rupees (the other fees I had paid is 25,000). By the Anna University’s direction there must be a teacher for every 20 students. So 20*27000 = 5, 40,000 rupees. Most of the lecturers in my college were just finished their engineering degree. The starting salary for them is 5000 rupees. If he/she is post graduated means its 7000 rupees. With each year’s experience it will increase by 1000 rupees. So even if we take the average salary as 8000 rupees (it won’t be beyond that) they are getting only 96,000 rupees/year which is below 20% of the tuition fees. Also make a note that many institutions were not maintaining the ratio at 20:1. There is a college which doesn’t have enough lecturers called some of their former students to act as lecturers during auditing. Now the tuition fee is shot up to 40000 rupees, but I don’t know whether the salary of the lecturers has been increased atleast by the same proportion.
To touch a 5 digit salary they have to wait for 3 years. With the MNCs offering a 5-digit salary at the start of their careers itself, no wonder many brilliant and talented minds were grabbing it. Our society has now become money driven one. More the money you have, more the respect you will get. Even a person who gets money in illegal ways has more respect in this society. The respect those who works in MNCs are getting in this present society will never get by the lecturers. The one who has become the lecturer will just open to any other option available. Most of them will be doing their part time M.E. parallely. By doing that, they not only incresing their qualification and knowledge but also increasing their opportunities for other jobs.
I don’t think the situation will be better in private schools too. The time has run very quickly that I have paid only 55 rupees/month in my 5th standard, now you don’t even able to dream about that for L.K.G also. Just 13 years have been passed after that. The boarding schools in the Salem district in Tamilnadu are paying a good salary for the teachers but they have to work 12 hours/day, and 28 days/month. So it’s an awful situation for the teachers. Only the teachers who are working in government schools and colleges were getting some respect, money and lots of leaves.
Now something needs to be done to restore the respect and dignity of the teaching profession. For that their salaries must be increased. But with the government are acting like puppets of the money thirsty educational institutions, they are not going to pass any kind of norms or orders. Nobody other than government can do that.
Teachers are basement for a good citizen to be produced. If the basement isn’t good then its really a dangerous situation and our children will fell very dearly, which is not at all a good sign for a country which is striving to become a developed nation.
PS: When I just googled for this I have got the below article from Sify which says:
One of the main reasons for this trend, according to Krishna Kumar, director of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), is the low salary structure of teachers, especially when compared with other career options like management. “The status that a teacher enjoyed in the yesteryears is not true now, their pay is not enough and their welfare is hardly taken care of. A yoga, art or music teacher in many schools works only on a contract basis and in Madhya Pradesh they have teachers working only on a contract basis. It’s true when a Unesco report says that a teacher is in a crisis today”.
One of the primary school teacher Sharmila Das, said:
“I love my job but there are moments of frustration when I see my friends leading a much more luxurious and expensive lifestyle than I can ever afford. We started at the same time in our careers and I put in as much hard work as they do in their management careers, if not more. But we have ended up in very different places.”
Another article from TOI says that:
India is facing a cruch situation in finding teachers for the job and our student-teacher ratio is very low. By 2006, for the 24 crore students who are studying in class I to Class VIII, we need 60 lakh teachers to maintain the ratio of 1:40 but we have only 52 lakh teachers. The ratio is better in class IX to XII(1:33) and higher education(1:25). But it’s because of the dropout of the students. Please read this for more…