Teachers or Oppressors?
“Give respect and have respect”. This is what we are taught from our childhood. But it seems that a typical Pakistani teacher is the employed on the basis of ruthlessness. In a social society a teacher is the one who influences the student in his life. But regrettably we do not have teachers in our institutions but tyrants.
The recent spate of suicides by teenage boys comes as tragic news for all those who value human life. After the suicide of a grade seven student through self-immolation, within a month we have seen other similar cases springing up. More than one student committed suicide due to the cruel behavior of their teachers. Such behavior not only diminishes teacher’s reverence in a student’s eye but also vexes them.
This horrible trend leaves a huge question mark on the way we are imparting education to our children. There seems to be a belief prevalent in our society that inculcating fear for teachers is important if one wants students to respect them and learn from them. However, the question arises that if a child feels unsafe in the presence of his teacher, how can he be expected to learn anything from them?
We are probably of the view that educating children will fortunately make them refined citizens of the society. But I tend to believe that tutoring in such a way will make them a surplus for the country. To overcome such a hindrance strict legislations should be passed by the government that teachers shall be hanged if found thrashing the students. In case of exceptions students shall be debarred from their institutes.
Teachers must teach through cooperation and by employing an understanding attitude. Not through exercising domination and handing out extreme punishments. They must try to raise the self-esteem of students. Good teachers create trust, confidence, interest, enthusiasm and hope and not apprehension, frustration and disappointment. This is how we can gradually cut down flaws in our education system.