STRAINED RELATIONS between contemporary teachers and taught are the root cause of growing incidents of violence between the two. Be it a case of a teacher brutally thrashing a student or vice versa, lack of rapport and want of interaction between the two is manifest in these incidents, feel many former teachers.
In an interaction with HT on Saturday, retired teachers of secondary schools lamented growing incidents of teachers assaulting students and advocated that corporal punishment had no place in education. These former teachers were of the view that with the increase in student strength, today’s teachers failed to strike rapport with them.
Says Murarilal Dwivedi, ex-music teacher of Bharatiya Balika Vidyalaya: “It is sad that teachers are now assaulting students in class. Teacher and taught must interact regularly. In our time, we treated students like our own children and never slapped them.”
Despite being visually challenged since childhood, Dwivedi took part in the freedom struggle and was even sent to jail during the Quit India Movement in 1942. He was actively involved in various teacher agitations and always stood for the cause of the teaching community whenever required.
Dwivedi was among those 150-odd retired teachers who were felicitated by the Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh (Lucknow unit) on completion of 50 years of the Sangh at a function held at Queen’s Inter College on Saturday.
Om Prakash Sharma, the leader of the teachers body, honoured the retired teachers.
Sidh Kumari, ex-Science teacher of Laxmi Narain Bhagwati Vidya Mandir, also condemned the incidents of teachers thrashing students in the class. Bal Krishna Srivastava, former principal of DAV Inter College echoed the same sentiments.
YL Dixit and RC Sethi, retired teachers of Jai Narain Inter College regretted the incidents of violence between teacher and taught. They said today’s teachers were short-tempered and lacked patience. They lost their cool and consequently ended up beating children in class.
The teachers’ body felicitated about 150 teachers who went to jail while fighting for the cause of the teachers since the body came into existence in 1956. OP Sharma, teachers’ leader in the Assembly and RP Mishra, president of Lucknow unit of the Sangh showered praise on these retired teachers and appealed to the contemporary teachers to remain united to counter the challenges of the future.