From removing the darkness of nativity and ignorance with the light of wisdom to guiding and helping kids to become better human beings, teachers are playing a major role in shaping our lives. Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on September 5 in the honor of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Hello Vizag spoke to few parents about their present-day concerns regarding the gap between children and teachers, which would carry testimony to this occasion.
Sanjanas’ eleven-year-old son Chaitanya has been shilly-shallying to speak to his class teacher after they had a war of words last month over the issue of attendance in online class due to the closure of schools with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I noticed that this was not healthy. So, we thought of giving a brand new set of pens as a Teachers’ Day gift. After all, the pen is mightier than a sword and on top of that, it will be a goodwill gesture as an apt Teachers’ Day gift, said Sanjana.
Lakshmi Priya, a mother of two, has also fallen back on a similar idea to help her daughter Kushi, a class IX student of a city school, to get along with her teachers. Every so often, I used to listen to too many complaints from my daughter’s class teacher regarding her poor attention during online classes. So, this Teacher’s day, she wants to make amends and I have advised that she apologize by presenting flowers and chocolate to her teacher in person. Perhaps her class teacher’s impression won’t change in a day, but a small step can make a lot of difference, said Lakshmi Priya.
Renuka, who teaches at Oxford High School in BS Layout said, parents, instead of encouraging their kids to buy expensive gifts, must teach them that respect counts the most in a teacher-student relationship. The guru-sishya bond is very sacred and does not need any outward help or gifts to be nourished. A sincere wish is a great gesture than material objects, she said.
For some students, it’s a loss of great moments during this Covid-19 pandemic. They miss reaching school early and decorate the classrooms with balloons and festoons before the start of celebrations. No more dance contests planned musical chairs, and dumb charades, and many other events for their teachers, said Lolakshi, student of St. Joseph Girls High school.
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