The Telegraph
| Thursday, September 5, 2013 |


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Teaching is no longer a noble profession

The fault lies in the flawed education system of India, not in a profession that churns out millions of future agents of change. It's the teacher who shapes critical thinkers, skilled and motivated creators, as well as compassionate citizens. One requires rigorous training and a deep sense of responsibility to be a good teacher. A few rotten apples cannot spoil the nobility of a profession.

Priyanka Panigrahi
First year, BTech, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad


Some corrupt or irresponsible individuals cannot tarnish a profession as noble as teaching. The profession still produces mentors, preachers and philosophers who serve as the guiding lights of society.

Camellia Paul
First year, botany, Vidyasagar College for Women, Calcutta


Just because teachers are earning more it doesn't mean the profession is no longer a noble one. Modern coaching centres are evolved gurukuls of yore. There is nothing wrong in getting paid in exchange of sharing knowledge.

Dibya Saha
Class X, Ram Mohan Mission High School, Calcutta


Although teaching today has become just another means to earn your bread, yet there are teachers who carry on the ancient legacy of the guru-shishya parampara. Commercialisation aside, teaching is still a tool that can be utilised to change the world.

Emily Mree
Class XI, St Xavier's School, Raiganj


To quote Swami Vivekananda, "Education is the manifestation of perfection already in man". A teacher acts as the catalyst for the manifestation or change in a student. So teaching is the noblest duty on earth.

Payel Dey
Class XII, Makhla, Hooghly

Teachers today sell "knowledge" (read study materials) in the market. Gone are those glorious days of the gurukul, where a guru selflessly shared his or her knowledge with disciples. The coaching institute culture should be blamed for teachers who no longer serve as guiding stars but treat students as money-minting machines

Samartha Biswas
Asutosh College, Calcutta


These days teaching is often taken up by people who fail to find any other job. For them it is just another way to earn their daily bread. They are neither professionally qualified nor have any dedication. How can you expect them to be noble?

Priyanka Ghosh
Third year, Calcutta Technical School


The profession is noble but the incumbents are not. Now there are very few teachers with the intellect or knowledge to share with students. The current situation puts the onus of learning entirely on the learner, and not the trainer.

Sourav De
St Xavier's College, Calcutta


In recent times, administrative, political and legal interference has dragged down the profession turning a majority of teachers into selfish, self-centred, dishonest and greedy people. Moreover, a materialistic society has compelled the teachers to change and degrade.

Himadri Mukherjee
Headmaster, Saptapalli K.S. Vidyalaya, Deganga


Lack of sincerity and dedication are the main reasons for the ruin of a divine profession. These corrupt practitioners earn nothing but disrespect from society. This is why the young generation is reluctant to take up teaching as a profession.

Rohit Nair
Class IX, Meghmala Roy Education Centre, Behala, Calcutta


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