“It’s not just praise for teachers, it’s important to increase their wages.” The words are not mine, but those of US President Joe Biden. That’s why the words have been making headlines in the newspapers and have been circulating on social media for two days.
Is that just so?
No. Not just because the President of the United States has said, but because the greatness of the words shakes our hearts, the words are floating on Facebook!
The dignity of the teacher is always in the heart of the student. However, this dignity, salam, adab or kadambuchi is limited to ages. When this student becomes a big bureaucrat or a minister, he unknowingly forgets the teacher!
Otherwise, the question of the dignity of the teacher will come to the fore in this way in the United States! This was supposed to be a settled issue!
The dignity of teachers in our country is so visible that students or students’ fathers address them as Sir, Adab Salam! But even if the mind is full of all this? In this complacency, the teachers have been trying to explain to the state in various ways that the rice of the stomach and the clothes of the body do not fit together, they have started a movement in the streets; The special state of the field has accepted their demands!
For example, 13th grade grade for all government primary school teachers and 10 grade grade for headmasters; Governmentization of thousands of private primary schools; MPO enrollment of thousands of private secondary teachers; Development or digitization of school and college infrastructure etc.
Yes, I am not denying that the government is not trying to enhance the status of education and teachers, but to sustain the economic momentum of the country, on the one hand, skilled and on the other hand, advanced thinking manpower is needed. That is why I have apologized to the daughter of Bangabandhu on behalf of the teachers. Expectations as a citizen, that’s all!
On the question of the dignity of teachers, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘The position and glory of anyone other than that person is not coveted; He is the one to whom Allah has given knowledge and he acts according to it and teaches others (Bukhari: 61).
Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) further said: ‘After Allah, after the Messenger, that person is the most generous, who acquires knowledge and then preaches it (Bukhari: 4639).
Teachers are like candles. Burns itself, illuminates others. He did not tell anyone about his misery even in the face of adversity. It is impossible to express in words how much the private teachers are in trouble during this time. For example, the salaries of many private teachers, kindergarten or part-time teachers are closed, it goes without saying that there is no income. First the savings are broken, then the debt is eaten away! Corona epidemic that they will not have the opportunity to teach privately! I don’t mean stomach! Still, they are surviving in the society with a smile on their faces with the dignity of that etiquette salute! But how long? Government teachers are not different.
Yet I think, the dignity of government teachers is insufficient! Recently, government high school teachers have been promoted to senior teachers. This is good news. But I could not be happier because, as they wrote, they were ranked first class (ninth grade).
I am not happy that in most countries of the world, teachers are born first class. What is primary, what is higher education level. On the day when all the teachers in this country get first class status on the day of joining, only my mind will be filled with happiness, otherwise, no!
Teaching is not a profession, it is a great vow. Knowledge, skills, honesty, ideals and values are deeply involved with the word teacher! These are very necessary for nation building. For the betterment of the national life, a teacher continues to shape the character of the student by directly and indirectly spreading these principles like a flame of light. And this is how a civilized nation is formed. That is why they are called the artisans of nation building.
The country is moving forward with global change. Bangladesh has achieved the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) declared by the United Nations and is now doing well in all the indicators of the SDGs. Bangladesh has recently made a transition from LDC due to the efficiency and competent leadership of the people. In 2026, Bangladesh will officially become a developing country. Bangladesh is no longer a bottomless basket, a role model of development, an economic tiger. One by one, the plan is moving forward towards the implementation of Vision-2041. In other words, in 2041 we will be a developed and prosperous country and nation. We will stand tall in the world. Delta Plan-2100 has been adopted to sustain this development and prosperity.
But! Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. To run a prosperous golden Bangladesh, golden people (skilled, honest, ideal and humane in science and technology) will be needed. And will it be possible to form that golden man without respect, dignity and fair remuneration for all classes of teachers?
And isn’t it necessary to have a separate action plan to improve the quality of teachers and education?
(The article is dedicated to all my teachers).
Author, founder of the Clean and Green Foundation and the Poor Foundation.
Source: Dhakatimes24 Online by www.dhakatimes24.com.
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