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Teachers in Haryana and NEP

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

Teaching is not considered as one of the most sought-after careers in India. The primary challenge is to raise the status of teaching as a career choice for people. Teaching is seen as a glorified babysitting job by many people who think that it takes minimal skills.

A good teacher has leadership skills which can even challenge a senior manager of a company. The school's hiring process in B.Ed programs can also be attributed to its hiring process for new teachers.

Teaching is one of the most underpaid jobs barring some schools which strictly adhere to pay commission of scales. These problems are not restricted to government or low-cost private schools but also to posh international schools.

Teachers don't have a voice and have no say about educational policy. The concept of motivated teacher is also a flawed one because most feel that a motivated teacher follows official protocols blindly without questioning.

Teachers were expected by supervisors to supervise the construction of classrooms, toilet, mid-day meal or depositing scholarship money in students accounts. Teachers are not incompetent but they have no voice, according to one teacher's report. Teachers were in schools but not in classrooms. The same can be extrapolated to private schools where a lot of instructional time is lost to rehearse high profile school events like annual day, sports day and other functions. Teachers are expected to finish the curriculum with finesse.

The issue of teacher motivation lies in the labyrinth of our complex education system. Teachers have to suffer when management and even parents question them if a student's result is not up to the mark. The results are based on an archaic examination system which stresses importance on textbook learning with little to no scope of critical thinking.

Teachers need to be constantly updated with the best practices practiced across the world. This means re-evaluating and reflecting one's pedagogical skills by adopting rigorous study, practice and self-improvement. High performing countries conduct in-house trainings every month in addition to regular classroom observations and feedback by peers and line managers. Training programmes are designed keeping in view the situation existing in urban schools. Problems faced by teachers like high teacher student ratio or multi grade teaching are hardly discussed. Teachers have to deal with social diversity, different levels of students and most importantly, children who belong to the bottom level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Most of the sessions are nothing but heavy dose of theory with zero planning to implement those ideas.

There is a complete mismatch between the problems faced by teachers inside the classroom and training programmes designed by administrators. In general there is no subject specific training for multi grade situations as most training programmes focus on generic skills.

Teaching can be demoralizing for many reasons demotivated students, helicopter parents, disorganized administration, lack of financial incentive and lack of prestige in our society for teachers. Most teachers return back home and spend their quality personal time marking notebooks, planning lessons, grading answer sheets etc.

A teacher is expected to project a 'perfect teacher' image, according to the National Association of School and College Teaching Councils. Teachers are under immense pressure to act as if their every decision, act, and word can inspire or devastate students, says former headteacher.

When it comes to effective teaching, strong communication skills are a must. Great communication doesn't stop when the teacher is done talking. Listening well is one of the most important skills needed to be a teacher. Working in education means you're never truly working alone. From paraprofessionals and teaching assistants to other classroom teachers and school leaders, working as a teacher often means working effectively in a group. Working with others can help you learn from each other more effectively.

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