While a lot has been discussed about the challenges faced by students as educational institutes shift to the online mode of education, we remain oblivious to the hurdles encountered by teachers in these circumstances. No one can deny that students are facing extreme pressure in keeping up with their academics due to the lack of access to technology, issues related to internet connectivity as well as load-shedding. However, ridiculing the teachers, harassing them, or calling out names can in no way be justified or tolerated. It reflects the sorry state of our education system which has failed to inculcate in students the basic values of respect and empathy.
Amid the coronavirus chaos, we have failed to acknowledge the untiring efforts of thousands of teachers who are trying hard to adapt to the online method of teaching. From the deduction of their salaries to being harassed online, the entire teaching fraternity continues to bear the brunt of the sudden closure of educational institutions. Those who consider taking online classes a piece of cake must do a little research about the number of hours it takes for a teacher to prepare themselves for conducting an online session, alongside managing their household responsibilities.
Disrespectful behaviour of students and lack of appreciation on the part of the college or university administration is not only frustrating for teachers but may lead many of them to question their decision of choosing teaching as a profession.
While it is important to take strict action against the students crossing their boundaries, there is also the need to work on their ethics by including relevant subjects in curriculum.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2020.