The Indian education system which has been regarded and graded as a predominantly exam based system is obsessed with the evaluation of children at all stages of their schooling days. Whether any necessity for evaluation exists or not, the students are perennially and repeatedly subjected to rigorous and often hectic evaluation schedules that include various exams, tests, assessments and many more. But hardly a few would have ever wondered how important it is to evaluate the opposite dimension of the scenario i.e. the evaluation of teachers. If students can be subjected to random evaluation then why not do the same for teachers too?
Why teachers are not evaluated?
Teachers in India are regarded as individuals with unquestionable credibility and unforeseen dignity. Since ages teachers have commanded the respect of people who hold them in high regard due to the piousness of the profession with which they improve the society and educate the children. Moreover the Indian government has devised rules where teachers become indispensable parts of an establishment once they have been inducted however well or bad they may be. Due to this status where they are held above all, teachers are often overlooked and never considered for evaluation or scrutiny.
The teachers of India
We must not forget that currently India’s education system is being criticized the world over for being too obsessed with rote learning where academic excellence comes doesn’t come with knowledge or talent. Likewise, we must also feel that these teachers are the products of this very education system that plagued the entire education scenario. The current breed of teachers follows the same senile routines and hardly goes according to newer methodologies that need urgent implementation. The urge to improvise and grow up a new clan of academic brains is somewhere missing which is hurting the nation badly. Higher pay scales and government negligence have ensured that the teachers as well as their quality are degrading with passing time.
How well teachers teach
As a matter of fact, the teachers are taught how to teach students. Yet it is often found that they lag somewhere in their duty and the educational purpose of the children is not met. Teachers nowadays come up with various excuses to cover their faults. Issues like power cuts, internet connection problem, children’s unruly behaviour and many other are cited by teachers to relax themselves off their duties. Added with these are the issues of rampant absenteeism and neglect in spite of the fact that Indian teachers are among the society’s highest paid individuals after the 6th Pay Commission. Though the good ones are there but a few bad ones are ruining the image of the teaching community.
Should teachers really be assessed?
The verdict is a sure-shot yes. Teachers must compulsorily be subjected to surveillance and assessment over periods of time. After all, teachers cannot deny some of the blame of the currently degrading status of the education scenario in schools where knowledge and original thinking among kids is slowly starting to wane. The credibility and liability factor must be introduced even with force in order to better the current scene in education. None can deny that only good teachers can show the way of well being to the upcoming generations.