WHEN teachers impart knowledge to students, they pin lots of hopes on them.
The pandemic 2020 crippled almost all the activities of human life. However, teachers played a seminal role in taking forward life in a completely new lifestyle. While doctors strove for the wellbeing and recovery of Covid-19 patients, teachers worked hard to ensure the academic wellbeing of students.
Teachers toiled hard to reach students, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, where we had limited access to the internet. Even as teachers tried to avail applications like zoom, google classroom, google meet; many students did not care to pay enough heed to online classes. Instead of availing classes at home, a good number of students misused the opportunity. They seldom cooperated with the teachers. They sought excuses to avoid online classes, only to wait for some respite in the exams.
We as teachers have considerable number of cases where we found students signing in for online classes and then leaving the classes halfway. Some even took all the instructions of joining the class online forgranted. They worked under the impression that they could easily befool a teacher who is helpless in monitoring them physically. That way they displayed their sheer lethargy towards studies. They showed utter disregard to the hard work and concern of their teachers. We must remind all those students who don’t seek light in darkness that success embraces the deserving. Only those shall have the taste of success who work with dedication and commitment towards their goal. Those who wish to live in comfort zones and seek short-cuts are deceiving themselves. They are not knowledge-seekers.
The Pandemic 2020 has taught us that we must have a greater resolve to fight against catastrophes. We have a great access to education and knowledge through advanced ICT tools. One can only lament those students who are not benefitting through online teaching, training and instruction! The Covid-19 threat is not over. Learn to make ways out of difficulties. Never compromise on your integrity. The prime purpose of education is to create a healthy society of morally upright people. Students must respect the work that teachers are doing for the community and acknowledge it by making best use of the time they are bestowed with.
Dr. Shams Kamal Anjum
Head, Department of Arabic, BGSBU, Rajouri
Dr. Ashraf Amin
Assistant Professor, Islamic Studies, BGSBU, Rajouri
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