September 5 is a red day in the context of the teaching profession: the day is celebrated as “Teachers’ Day” in India as a sign of appreciation and importance of teachers to society and the state. Seen as a mark of respect and recognition for the In the field of education, September 5 also reminds us all to seriously and sincerely reconsider our regard and our conduct towards teachers, which leads us to ask ourselves the question : do we really appreciate all categories of teachers and their role?

Teaching is a demanding profession and the energy to cope with it is often lacking. Sometimes what it takes is a little motivation to remind yourself why you are a teacher and that your efforts are important and meaningful. It’s true that even the best teacher needs a little help from time to time. Thus, the little inspiration that even the best teachers need should never be destroyed by unnecessary standards, prejudices and prejudices.

Often, teachers are faced with disrespect, misbehavior, and a lack of motivation or passion among students. But this situation never breaks teachers’ morale and enthusiasm; they see the light at the end of the tunnel and move forward step by step. It is a unique act of optimism and noble service to society. Thus, teachers nourish society with knowledge that nourishes reflection.

It is the teachers who show the students the path to follow, which is life itself. Teachers inspire students to learn wherever life takes them, in addition to allowing them to discover their long-term interests, passions and themselves. It is teachers who give us doctors, engineers, scientists, filmmakers, architects, entrepreneurs, administrators, prime ministers and presidents; it is the teachers who have the power to give us the Internet, atomic bombs, communication towers and airplanes. In short, teachers create all the other professions.

Agreed that teachers can get good salaries, benefits, and vacation pay, but the happiness gained from sacrificing their time and energy is invaluable to them. Teachers, especially school teachers, experience the struggle of perseverance, but they feel and realize that their efforts can never be truly rewarded.

Teachers are teachers, whether they are school or university professors. All work in educational institutions that make the best of the worst. Through their sincere efforts, the learners’ innocence and ignorance blossom into an evergreen tree that bears healthy fruits for the whole society and mankind. It should be noted that without teachers, educational institutions will be cemeteries of values: honesty, hard work, humility and dedication. Society owes a lot of gratitude and appreciation to teachers, be they primary schools, colleges or universities.

Celebrating Teachers’ Day every year is not only an honor for teachers, but also proof that they are an asset to society. And their selfless service can never be forgotten or belittled. Although teachers are remunerated for their services, it is not tasteful to find thousands of them caught up in the forge of corruption at the hands of those whose lives have been shaped and sweetened by teachers.

Every time teachers (especially teachers) visit the offices, they come back with a sad story of humiliation and disappointment: their personal work is treated as an ordinary case and what may take five minutes takes days altogether. This leaves a less fortunate teacher in serious trouble and heartbroken. Never have we experienced that a teacher’s personal or even official work is prioritized on the assumption that their time is valuable and that society cannot afford to waste the teacher’s time. Recently, a teacher – who teaches about 300 students a day in a school – had to submit a vital document to obtain from a department. The teacher was ordered to wait many hours despite asking the authorities that his stay there would waste his students’ time; who listened? He wasn’t even let inside the department door. A five-minute job to prepare the paper took three hours.

Yes, a handful of teachers hang around and don’t take their responsibilities seriously. These teachers use their influence and their wealth to make their way. No worries at all. But all of society salutes these teachers, not the honest ones! Moreover, we have seen teachers live in miserable conditions: they are denied their share of property for decades by their parents, are driven from their homes and their spouses are oppressed and abused. In conflicts at home, teachers are neither heard nor understood. They are arbitrarily deemed unfit and immature.

Relevantly, it is a betrayal and akin to a stab in the back when society treats teachers discourteously and divides them into good and bad simply on the basis of the nature of their positions; the division, while unproductive in every respect, is not based on qualification and performance. A particular but important part of school teachers suffers from stereotypes and marginalization. Yet these less fortunate teachers (although 70% of them were highly qualified before their recruitment) give their 100%, both in academic and non-academic work, whether in elementary or secondary schools.

All teachers should be treated equally; yes, there are some bad apples whose services are extremely poor and cause loss to society, but these teachers need refinement and direction. The truth is that eight out of ten teachers, from schools to universities, are society’s heroes. They always give; they never take.

All categories of teachers must work in harmony and all types of teachers and administrators must unite to improve the declining image of the Department of Education in the eyes of the public. This will require cooperation, not confrontation, between teachers and administrators. Teachers’ Day is for teachers; teachers are not for teachers day.

(The author is a teacher by profession and can be contacted at: [email protected])