Address by H E Shri K Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra at the felicitation of outstanding teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day at Mahakavi Kalidas Kala Mandir, Shalimar Chowk, Nashik 422 001 at 11. 00 a. m. on Wednesday, 5 September 2012 Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Hon’ble Minister for Public Works and Tourism Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Hon’ble Minister for School Education Shri Rajendra Darda, Hon’ble Minister of State Smt Fauzia Khan, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, MLAs, Mayor and other people’s representatives,
Additional Chief Secretary, School Education and Sports Shri J S Saharia, Director Higher Education, officials, teachers and their family members, ladies and gentlemen… 2 I am indeed delighted to be with you today on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. As you know, this day happens to be the birthday of our former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an eminent Scholar, Statesman, philosopher and a teacher with extraordinary brilliance. I pay my respects to the memory of late Dr Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary. Teachers not only impart knowledge and skills to students.
They imbibe moral values on children. Along with parents, teachers shape the young minds and mould the personality and character of children. Our ancient scriptures have equated teachers with the Supreme Reality, ‘Guru Sakshat Parabrahma’. 3 Teachers’ Day is an occasion to express our gratitude to our teachers and honour them for their immense contribution to the processes of nation building. I understand that this is the 50th year of the presentation of the Teachers’ Awards by the Government of Maharashtra. I extend my warm greetings to all teachers on the occasion of
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Teachers’ Day, and I congratulate the teachers who have been selected for this year’s teachers’ awards in various categories. Ladies and gentlemen, The Right to Education Act passed by our Parliament is a landmark legislation in many ways. The Act has the potential to transform the socio4 economic life of the people of India, and empower the weaker sections of society. Teachers have to play a significant role in the effective implementation of the Act. I wish and hope that Maharashtra will set an example for other States in the effective implementation of the Right
to Education Act. Teachers are gathered here in large numbers, and I would like to use this occasion to speak my mind to them on certain issues. First and foremost, I do feel that teachers should be much more than mere instructors. Teachers should be like friends for the students. Mahatma Gandhi wanted schools to be an extension of home for the children. And therefore as far as 5 possible, teachers should have personal touch with all their students. In the coming years, more and more children with diverse backgrounds will enter the school system.
Your challenge therefore will be to work towards a democratic classroom in which all children participate in the learning processes as equal partners. Learning needs of every student are different. The needs of special children are also different. Teachers should therefore be compassionate toward children and understand their problems and needs while teaching them. I will go a step further and ask teachers to understand even the personal problems faced by children at home. 6 Secondly, teachers should encourage students to think independently.
They should be encouraged to excel in the subject they like the most. Today I see a rat race going on among students for scoring very high marks in SSC, HSC and other examinations. Sometimes teachers and schools make it a prestige issue to produce high scoring students. In my younger days, getting a first class, – scoring even 60 per cent of marks was considered a big achievement. Today, students easily score 95 percent or even 98 per cent marks. As a result, students who score less than 75 per cent get depressed. Some parents also get depressed. 7
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I do not say, students should not score good marks. They should work hard, but there should be a healthy competition. Students should not be subjected to the stress of learning. The emphasis should be more on making the student understand the concept and think independently. For this to happen, teachers will have to be innovative themselves. They will have to make learning interactive and pleasurable experience for students. In today’s world of knowledge revolution, students receive knowledge and information from various sources outside the classroom. It is all the more
necessary for teachers to stay update on the knowledge generated by these resources. 8 I wish to appeal the teachers to understand the use of internet for accessing knowledge. I also want them to understand how Social Media works. Time has come for our teachers to teach children on using internet and social media in a responsible manner. We have to make our children good citizens and at the same time responsible netizens. Finally I wish to submit that we have to engage our children in nation building activities. We have to inculcate moral values in children. We
also have to inculcate love for our motherland, love for our democracy and love for our ancient culture in our children. 9 If we do not involve our children in the nation building activities, they will waste their time and energy in unproductive and pleasure-seeking activities. Swami Vivekandna wanted education to be ‘manmaking’. Let us, on this day, commit ourselves to making our education ‘man making’. I once again congratulate all the awardee teachers for this very prestigious honour, and I wish them success in their future endeavours. Jai Hind ! Jai Maharashtra !!