School teacher's especially primary school teachers' condition is very pathetic. They are under paid, less respected and used for multi-tasking (like enumeration, election and other requirements). At the pinnacle of our success, we do remember our teachers but ignore the present generation of teachers who are teaching our children.
We have high respect to professors, lecturers, but think that school teachers are less educated, less brilliant and perhaps lesser grade than us! (may be we are highly educated now and earning more than them). In many cases it is seen that primary teachers are misbehaved by people having wealth and power.
It is often said that Mother is the first teacher. Primary school teacher is also a first in our institutional learning. Without primary education, one can't go for higher education. Thus primary education is the foundation upon which our further education and professional kingdom stands on.
Thus if we ignore the importance of primary teachers yet celebrate 'Teacher's Day', then we are displaying duality and disrespect the original founding builder!
Some are of the opinion, particularly after the political controversy on 'Gurutsav' that teachers and Gurus are different. The difference says that teacher trains you on a particular aspect where as Guru makes one wiser in every aspect. Some are of the opinion that teacher is responsible of one's growth where as a Guru makes one responsible for his growth.
Our ancient culture calls teachers as 'Acharya' who are also considered as one of the Gurus. Any ways there might be difference in opinions on Guru versus teachers, but none can deny the fact that for students at their tender age the teacher is the 'Acharya' as well as Guru too!
Point is simple, on this auspicious occasion that the teacher especially the primary teacher who built our very foundation brick by brick must be remembered, respected and obligation must be attributed to them. Do we really sincerely give them a true tribute?
Almost everywhere primary teachers are in the street demanding better salary, better working environment and better living. Governments are not listening to them and in some states they are subjected to Lathi charge also for their demands! How government as well as we become so insensitive to them?
Isn't it a fact that the society can't progress and prosper unless its teachers are respected fully? Not through tokenism in the name of Teacher's day!
While celebrating 'Teacher's Day' we need to do serious introspection on this aspect!