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Picking the BEST ones for elementary teaching

Published : Thursday, 13 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 864
Syeda Farhana Kawnine

Imagine asking a class full of students about their future career; most of them will have a desire to become a doctor or an engineer. Very few will express their wish to be otherwise. You will get no one or rarely one or two who want to be a teacher, to be precise a primary school teacher. Why so?
The broad picture of primary education in Bangladesh is not necessarily as clear as it should be. It is highly focused on the fact that children require a teacher who is also a child when it comes to the vast sea of knowledge. Perhaps, each and every child needs to attend a primary school that provides them with the education which suits to their capabilities and flourishes their latent talent. About one in every five pupils needs extra assistance at primary school. Keeping this in mind, schools need to adapt their teaching method as such it should meet the purpose of individual child development. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen in Bangladeshi primary schools.
As primary education starts with A-B-C-D and 1-2-3-4, everyone thinks that a primary school teacher doesn't have to be that qualified. We can take the whole process of planting a tree for an example. When we plant a tree, we water the roots. We also apply fertilizer, and we do it properly in order to get the best result; but if we are not that aware of this whole process and do it in a wrong way, the tree will die.
We can take this "we" as the teachers of primary schools. A primary school teacher should be the most educated due to this very reason. A child in its earlier stage of education learns and adapts things very fast. A teacher with good knowledge, integrity and objectivity can build a child as an individual. Moreover, a primary school teacher also needs to know the art of attracting a child's attention. Children are innocent yet very stubborn; one requires to be more of a relatable adult-friend in order to hold the attention of children.
A primary teacher needs to have thorough knowledge of the subjects they are going to teach, and other standards they must uphold in the classroom. They need to ensure their teaching meets those standards. Perhaps, when a teacher has incredible knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter they are teaching, students get engaged in his/her lesson automatically. They need to be prepared to answer questions and often do comical antiques to keep their lesson interesting. It intrigues children beautifully.
One of the most important qualities of a primary school teacher is, having passion for children and teaching. Being passionate about teaching and working with children can help a primary teacher to build a good relationship with the children. They need to have excitement about influencing students' lives and understand the impact they have on them.
When it comes to primary education in Bangladesh, primary teachers are immensely underpaid. Every great quality which are mentioned above can only be found in college or university teachers. Primary school teachers are not paid well, and this is the major reason behind their lack of enthusiasm for joining primary schools. In Bangladesh, a primary school teacher is very poorly paid and it cannot be a good living expense for a well-educated person.
In order to attract well educated individuals to teach at Primary schools, Governmental and private schools need to increase the amount of salary. Proper training is also significant for primary school teachers. It is not easy to understand the impulses of children as they are extremely unpredictable. A proper training which includes the lessons of understanding the psychology of children can result in good communication between the teachers and young students. These are the only ways primary schools can get well qualified teachers for the children and give children proper education during their most important stage of education.
The social status for the primary school teachers are actually saddening. In countries like Finland, Luxemburg, Germany the elementary school teachers are the highest paid as well as highly recognised when it comes to social status. In Bangladesh, the scenario is a topsy-turvy one. People stereotype this profession as a neglected one and barely count the teachers' presence in any social function. It is noteworthy to mention that the Narsingdi District Administration is allowing its official to have a close scrutiny at the curriculum of primary schools in Narsingdi.
Nowadays, if one builds a building, he makes sure it has three to four floor foundation underground in order to make sure its stability and longevity. Only a good builder can build a well-planned and strong foundation. A primary teacher is like a good builder to primary school students.
An intellectual, knowledgeable yet humble teacher can build the strongest foundation of knowledge and the ability to grasp wisdom in a child. It is the responsibility of the authority and government to ensure proper training session and good payment for teachers. These are the only ways, students in high school will not need any question-leaking to pass in the exam; they can have it by their own.
Photo: Courtesy

Syeda Farhana Kawnine is
Deputy Commissioner and District
Magistrate, Narsingdi

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