Wed | Oct 21, 2020

Teachers are golden treasures

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2020 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It is unquestionable that teachers promote the best habits of independent thought and learning in pursuit of excellence. Teachers work tirelessly within and outside the school boundaries to meet the ever-changing demands of educational landscapes. They provide education designed to enable learners to discover their strengths.

Teachers are provocative, thorough, knowledgeable, relentless, enthusiastic, stimulating, well-spoken, exciting, and flexible. Those who fail to appreciate teachers are dismally failing common-sense tests. Teachers prepare learners for a dynamic and unknown future. Those who fail to acknowledge, recognise, respect, honour, and celebrate teachers are certainly ungrateful, thoughtless, and insensible.

Nothing in this world can ever change such person. Teachers have unique skills that enable them to discover how people learn at the most fundamental levels; how learning differs across individuals, cultures, and content areas; and the conditions that best foster educational success.

Those people who devalue teachers should be ashamed of themselves. Astronauts, actuaries, doctors, actors, editors, economists, builders, and barbers have all passed through the thought-provoking care of teachers who enlightened them to think, count, read, write, and use their legs, hands, and brains.

The unimaginable world would be chaotic, unstructured, dysfunctional, barbaric, and unmanageable without teachers. Teachers also pick up pieces from children with unbecoming behaviours because the parents of these children failed to discharge their parental roles effectively, particularly in areas of discipline and manners. Most people in the world are able to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation because teachers imparted knowledge and understanding to them.

If governments do not have enough money to adequately remunerate teachers, they should put in place numerous incentives to keep them motivated and remaining in the profession. Let us clap hands for teachers and salute them for their industrious work.

HANDSEN CHIKOWORE

London

hchikowore@hotmail.com