FIELDS OF EDUCATION, CAREER OPTIONS AND PROSPECTUS
Teaching Career : Overview
Teaching as a profession has undergone a revolutionary change. Good teachers are the keys to any worthwhile educational reform. National prosperity is linked to good education. For education to be wholesome, emphasis must be placed equally on the development of a well-rounded personality as on the honing of the learnerís innate intellect and aptitudes.
The Indian education system leaves much to be desires. A yawning gap exists
between pedagogic progress and its actual translation. The image of teaching
too, has suffered.
Teachers are criticized for falling standards of achievements and discipline. Many admit to feeling over-stresses underpaid and under-valued.
Yet there are still many people who believe in teaching as a career. For them, the rewards measure up to those of any other more glamorous and better-paid profession.
In India a career in teaching continues to be regarded as a noble profession. The satisfaction of having sparked the light of knowledge and dispelled the clouds of ignorance in another human being, old or young, is unrivalled. Other reasons for opting for a career in teaching could be interest in the subject, secure professional career and regular annual vacations. Besides, liability to transfer exists only in the case of private, state and central educational boards that run a chain of schools spread throughout the country. Fringe benefits such as accommodation at nominal rent, subsidized fees for the children of teachers, pension and gratuity are often granted.
Teaching as a career has always attracted large numbers of women. It offers them an opportunity to do a professional job during school hours and term time, although the normal workload may extend far beyond the formal end of the school day.
Teaching can also be second career for those who have retired from professional service.
In recent years, education has become big business. The tribulations in obtaining a seat even at the elementary school level, the amount of money charged as school fees and the mushrooming of private tutorials and institutes offering coaching classes for professional short and long term courses indicated the various demands of education today.
Qualities that make for a good teacher are enthusiasm for learning and teaching sense of fairplay, patience and enthusiasm, self-discipline, correct skills and organizing ability.
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