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A probe has been launched into the matter.
Parents approached authorities over this issue.
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School uniform for teachers.
We are living in an increasingly polarised world, as is borne out by events such as Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States or even the political blame games in Indi...
Something is terribly wrong with the education system in India. Under the policies of Right to Education and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan we've lost focus on what education is supposed to be. Both the progra...
Long ago (late 1970s) I was a student in the US doing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. A very popular program on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) channel was Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A personal voyag...
I was fresh out of grad school and intended to be a model teacher. I walked into the final year undergrad class, aware of some facts: I was to teach them refrigeration and air-conditioning; they wouldn't give me much credit in the beginning; the first few lectures would be spent in sizing me up.
One of the most belittling comments about teachers, unfortunately with more than an iota of truth in it, was made by famous Irish polemicist George Bernard Shaw. To paraphrase: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.” In India, where education, from the primary to higher levels, is in shambles, with minuscule islands of excellence, a lot of people find great truth in Shaw's words. Yet, however criminal it may be for a teacher to be absent, vengeful, incompetent and callous, the buck actually does not stop at him or her alone.
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Good teaching stretches, challenges and pushes learners to discover more. And motivated learners become the leaders of our society. On the occasion of Teachers’ Day in India, we celebrate and congratulate all teachers who are putting their best foot forward to help shape our young learners’ thoughts and ideas, guiding them on their learning journeys to discover and achieve, while never forgetting that they themselves are lifelong learners.
Teachers' Day (September 5) is the right time to think about making teaching a respectable and aspirational profession. Here is my cheat sheet of all that we can do for our teachers. It needs will, conviction, empathy and, most importantly, concern for India's future to achieve these goals.
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A few months ago, I was summoned by my five-year-old son’s class teacher regarding his attentiveness in class. She complained that my son doesn’t follow instructions and seems quite uninterested in what is being taught. When I asked my son why he behaved like that, he coolly responded, “I can’t see the blackboard properly and so can’t understand what she says.” His matter-of-fact response got me thinking about why the teacher couldn’t solve such a simple issue without involving the parents.
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Last year, only eight students took admission.
Last month, I went to an NGO in north Delhi with a friend who worked there. Coincidentally, on that very day, the CBSE class 12 results came out. The mood there was very jubilant because more than five visually challenged students associated with the NGO got more than 90% marks while a few others got more than 80%. Though these performances would not be considered extraordinary in normal circumstances, these were not ordinary students.