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Teachers have feelings too

Published:Monday | April 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

DO YOU think teachers have rights? Well, I know they do.

Gone are the days when students used to respect teachers, fear teachers, and some were even afraid to say certain things around a teacher. Now things have changed.

Teachers are not allowed to scold students anymore. They are not allowed to punish them because, if they do, the teachers can find themselves in hot water with the law.

Students are now given the right to talk to a teacher in any manner, and some will take it a step further to inflict wounds on a teacher, and, in the eyes of children-rights officials, the teachers must take it because they are not humans.

Mr Editor, teachers also have human rights and it is full time somebody defend them. If not, the students of today will kill them. Do you want see that type of tragedy happen? Do you?

Teachers are born, not chosen, and as a society we are drifting away from the biblical principle that says, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart ... . Spare the rod and spoil the child".

Children have rights, but to what extent are they allowed to do things and get away with it? I am asking the honourable minister of education, the Reverend Ronald Thwaites, to step in and examine the matter. Should we withhold the rod of wise instructions and stern positive guidance and allow the child to go wild? Or should we allow them to hurt us?

Teachers have feelings. Should we continue in this field or should we find another job? The classroom has become a war zone - a Gaza-Gully turf. Who will win this clash?

Kemoy Smellie

kemoys@yahoo.com

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