Dhaka, Bangladesh
Teachers can lead us to fairer society

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Teachers can lead us to fairer society

World Teachers day has been celebrated very recently across the globe to express gratitude, honour and love towards teachers by the students since it is an opportunity for the students to express their feelings to their teachers. On the other hand, the community of teachers on their own part tries to instil their intellectual perception into the inner core of students’ minds. This year the main focus of the ‘World Teachers Day’ was based on the theme “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession”. Eminent thinker, writer and Dhaka University’s Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury while talking with an English Daily highlighted the main essence and the entire state of affairs of present day teaching profession. His valuable response abounds with many of volcanic scenario of the education sector, allegations of corruption, campus-based teachers’ politics, and most valuable academic requirement in tertiary education research which is vastly lacking in Bangladesh universities. Teaching profession in Bangladesh is plagued by a dysfunctional education system, where teachers no longer enjoy the formidable reputation they once had. Answering to this question, the eminent scholar focused on various reasons that declined the quality of teachers and the teaching profession in general. The problem in Bangladesh is that we don’t have adequate teachers, but the central part of being a teacher is that a teacher must continuously teach himself. Teachers never cease to be a “student” rather he/she has to acquire new knowledge continuously through work, research and social engagement. Teachers have to be creative in the whole process and must use ingenious methods to acquire knowledge to be a better teacher. They are not like the engineers or physicians, although they will have the qualities of both: they will “construct” like an engineer, and prevent, cure and care like a physician, Professor concluded with his wide-ranging scholastic wisdom and methodology of teaching profession in line with global changes. Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, there exists dearth of creative teachers, most of them are associated with nonacademic areas, that cause falling standard of our education sector. Inability to draw talented and motivated individuals to this profession, policy failures in recruitment process, lack of budget, politicisation of educational institutions, deficient incentives for the teachers, and general lack of interest in the holistic view of education are the stumbling block to our education system. It is education and only real education accompanied by comprehensive research work that can only lead us to a more just and fairer society.

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