Today, the role of a teacher has changed on two counts: First, times have changed and the exposure has increased. Second, people want to get the most out of everything and teachers have to cater to this demand.
Gone are the days when the chalk-and-duster or a flashcard would suffice. The teacher today has to use technology and keep herself up-to-date. Also, teachers have to become counselors. They don’t just impart knowledge any more. Life skills and soft skills are just as important. Teacher training, too, has to keep pace with the changing times. Now, it practically needs to be addressed on a daily basis. People don’t realise how difficult it is today and so hats off to teachers for doing a great job.
Abha Dharam Pal, principal of Utpal Shanghvi School, Juhu, for the past 25 years, and a teacher for 40 years, has received the National Award for Best Teacher from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development in 2001.