As I am also in the School Administration, I was looking for some training programs for few new and old (I mean ‘senior’) teachers of the school. I believe in the saying – the school is what the teacher is. I am not an overly experienced teaching professional in any way. But this is common sense. I also believe that, just like any other profession, teachers constantly need to upgrade their skill and refresh their minds.
Anyway, I talked with three of the teachers and informed them about a training program that would, I thought, help them move towards competency and professionalism. They were half-excited about the prospect. I told them the school was also ready to bear half of the cost of the training. Then the typical indifferent attitude in their response. Training. Extra hours. Two more hours for a week. Missing private tuition classes. Excuses. And excuses.
The training was not that expensive at all. The school could have managed the entire expense and sent those teachers to the training for free. But, I thought the teachers should ‘invest’ from their part as well, after all they are getting a chance to enhance their skill and gain new perspective on teaching.
I was really stunned when they gave me excuses to avoid the training. If I had got similar opportunity, I would have jumped right in with total enthusiasm.
Then, I just remembered what one of my senior teachers had told me a few years ago – “in Nepal, most of the school teachers do not chose the job to be teachers, they just need something to do for a time being while making plans for better profession. Few find that ‘better’ profession, but many get stuck with the teaching job, something they never planned for. Teaching becomes a dead end job for them.”
It could be true, almost true. They have turned teaching job into an excuse, one more in their pile of excuses.
I just smiled and said a simple “Sure. No problem” to those teachers. I still had hope that some other teachers would be excited for the training.
While I was googling for blogs by Nepali English teachers, I found a similar grievance on this article by Ram Abadhesh Ray.
“As soon as Dr. Bhandari announced that the training was without allowance, the faces of the reputed teachers of the government school were to see. They started feeling disappointment and as there was break for half an hour and then after break no government teachers were seen in training session and Dr. Bhandari was amazed and we too.” (sic)
Read the complete article here: Teacher training: for money or for professionalism?