I am just a teacher. I am not an expert on education. I don’t have any Phd yet to claim that but here’s what I think will help significantly change our education and education system. So, how do we do that?
The answer is simple – by investing on/in/for teachers.
Let’s put aside the vision, mission and objective of our ‘troubled’ education system for a later discussion. Let me just focus on one of the aspects of teachers and their development.
(Pic: Sikshak magazine)
The headline pretty much says it.
Most teachers don’t read. Only few regularly buy and read books. And many never touch books which are beyond the syllabus.
And I would definitely make a mistake here if I come to a quick judgment. Judgments like – the teachers are lazy… the teachers take their job for granted… the teachers don’t like to develop professionally.
Plus, judgments like – that’s why Nepal’s education system sucks because the teachers themselves don’t read anything new once they become teachers.
It might be a part of that reality but that’s unfair.
In fact, very unfair to most of the teachers out there.
Like I said, I am not an expert on education but I truly believe that one of the ways to create better teachers is by investing in them to develop teachers’ reading culture, writing culture and eventually a sharing culture.
Because, we need amazing teachers.
However, many teachers in Nepal have not yet been ‘invested’ in a true sense.
And, not to just smear the whole blame on the government’s and policy makers’ faces, teachers, who whine all the time, need to stop making excuses. Because, khaaney mukh lai junga le chhekdaina, garna man laagey baahaana le rokdaina.
(Pic: Sikshak mag)