There has to be a common educational system across the country without any discrimination.
Crying Need for Common Education System: Teachers’ Day
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In recognition and appreciation of the role of a teacher in our society, Teachers’ Day is annually celebrated on 5th September beginning from 1962 in India where we remain grateful for anything and everything we get from someone or something. However, world Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the 5th of October every year on being proclaimed in 1994.
A teacher happens to be a driving force for social change and an individual’s life. It is he/she who makes someone something out of nothing, inculcating a sense of education into the minds those reach them. Noticeably, the quality of life of an individual or society highly depends on inputs of education that a teacher is supposed to impart for a greater cause.
The day reminds us of the value of education and the import of a teacher seeing that quality life and social advancement hinge on the sound delivery of schooling, teaching, training, coaching, tuition and other instructions whatsoever or in whatever form. Accordingly, it calls for a lot.
Call it needful, there has to be a common educational system across the country without any discrimination, bias and prejudice for inclusive growth. What is the fault of a child who faces discrimination just after birth and while gaining access to learning, teachings or any mode of education? There is a clear social divide over who will go to which school and under which system. But why?
A good number of Education Boards like the central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) or state-level boards are on offer. They assess the pupils in their way. Then there is National Council Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and similarly, we have a State Council of educational research and training for every state. Can’t India be one for ‘One Nation and One Education’ for a uniform system of education beginning from class one to twelve?
Our policymakers need to ponder over the crying need for uniformity of education all over the country. An initiative to attain this goal of far-reaching impacts will be a true homage to Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was the first Vice President of India (1952- 1962) and also a highly-respected teacher, philosopher and prolific statesman. His birthday is our Shikshak Divas. He opined that “teachers should be the best minds in the country.” But do we have? Shall we rally for it? Don’t you think India calls for a revolution in education that can shape up our bright future?
Dr Birbal Jha is a noted author and the Managing Director of Lingua Multiservices Pvt Ltd having a popular brand ‘British Lingua’. He is credited with having created a revolution in English training with the slogan ‘English for all’ in India.(By Dr Birbal Jha)