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Towards a better tomorrow
Shivika Jain, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 13, 2014
First Published: 12:58 IST(13/8/2014)
Last Updated: 13:24 IST(13/8/2014)

In the  age of technology where information is available at the press of a button, the teacher’s role has changed manifold. Besides simply imparting subject knowledge and helping students understand concepts, teachers today are expected to fulfill the role of a ­facilitator who helps students deal with the flood of ­information coming their way.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, between 2011 and 2015, teacher ­shortage remains the main challenge for countries to achieve the goal of universal primary education (UPE). As per the data available, the world needs to create 1.7 million new teaching posts by 2015 to reach UPE. In addition, 5.1 million teachers are expected to leave the profession and must be replaced. In total, 6.8 million teachers will be needed to ensure every child’s right to basic
education.

“We need teachers who are trained, motivated and enjoy teaching. In addition, they are required to ­identify and ­support weak learners. This field requires involvement without being over emotional or biased towards any student. Also, one should be able to ­assess without being judgmental. A high degree of responsibility is required,” says Ameeta Mulla Wattal, ­principal, Springdales School.

According to Wattal, the best thing about teaching is the ­opportunity it presents to individuals for self-reflection and growth.
 
“Teaching requires as much planning, preparation and rigour as any other job. The joy and satisfaction it brings is something only an educator can understand,” she says.

There is a general ­misconception that teaching doesn’t always draw the best candidates. “A lot of people think teaching is a second-class job for those who don’t do well enough academically to enter more ­prestigious careers, such as medicine or engineering. But this is not true,” says a senior teacher.

As technology plays a ­significant role in the  way education is imparted today, teachers have to ­adapt themselves to the latest teaching methodology. Also, teachers need to think creatively and out-of-the-box to make a mark in this field.

No strings attached
Teaching requires involvement without being ­over ­emotional or biased towards any student

Rs. I take home
Rs. 15,000 - Rs. 20,000 per month

I love my job because...
The joy and ­satisfaction this job brings is ­something only an ­educator can understand. We are life-long learners

Expert gyan
As technology plays a very significant role in the methods of imparting  ­education ­today, being aware of the latest trends in the field is essential. Also, teachers need to think creatively and out-of-the-box to make a mark in this field


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