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Unbecoming of a teacher in the 'highly literate' Kerala
The academic culture in God's Own Country is slowly eroding. It seems the political parties of Kerala are least interested in maintaining quality in the government-owned educational institutions.

THE HIGHER literacy rate and a higher rate of qualified work force of youth are hindering the prospects of political parties. The political parties, especially the CPM-led left parties are sensing the fear of losing their grass root workers, which unfortunately are the labour class and the so-called “intellectuals” from literary and artistic field.

The ongoing strike by government employees and teachers saw some unethical practices that are not befitting a literate society. The unhealthiest practice was observed in the educational sectors. In schools, the striking teachers don’t allow students to enter schools, and in one instance spilled an itching powder in the class.

At many places, the striking teachers are behaving like criminals by destroying school properties and throwing cow-dung and paint on the honest committed teachers. Have the teachers lost mental stability? Where is the society going? A teacher who is the guru to show the right path is showing students how to oppose the fundamental duty vested in them by the Constitution of India.

First of all, none of these teachers has the right to stay away from classes as they have willingly joined this service. As far as students are concerned, it is their fundamental right to have education. The present day scenario in Kerala is that even the people from the working class don’t send their wards to government schools. They also prefer private CBSE or ICSE schools, as they feel that their children won’t get quality education in government-run schools. There are even schools where the teachers outnumber students. Even in this grievous situation no governments that ruled the state, whether it is the present day Congress-run UDF or the previous government by LDF, have taken any steps to find a lasting solution to this grave problem.

In recent times, a new trend has emerged in campuses where the teachers take the support from student unions for their agitations. This is reciprocating action; when there are student agitations the teacher’s union will provide them necessary support. If this is the situation how can a teacher control his students and show them the right path. All these agitations are master planned by the parent political parties.

During the ongoing strike by teachers, the student’s wing of CPM comes out with open support to the cause. Do students understand the problems faced by teachers? Are they so mature?
There was a time when new ideas originated from campuses and parent parties designed the policy accordingly. But nowadays, no constructive ideas are emanating from student wings. They have become the puppets of their parent political parties.

It’s a shame that teachers in Kerala ask students to act like their mouthpieces. How many striking teachers are sincere in their duty as teachers? Once they get a government job salary they forget their duty as teacher. If one analyzes the Kerala’s participation in national-level academic meets like Olympiads or Children’s Science Congress, the participation from the state is too low. The reason: our teachers are least concerned about academic activities. Many teachers instead of taking classes in schools are taking their classes in tuition centers. How many college teachers who are drawing hefty UGC salary stay in the campus at least during the working hours? It’s only when a teacher is sincere our politicians get problems. What kind of ideology these politicians are speaking of? An ideology only meant for followers but not in my house! This mentality is slowly decaying the minds of students. Most of the students like teachers who speak well to them, except academics.

If we analyse these striking employees, including teachers, we can see that most of them send their children to private schools and colleges. The politicians, who oppose self-financing colleges, send their children to these centers of learning. Do these people have moral right to agitate? It seems there is a cohesive agenda of destroying the government-run educational institutions by these striking people conniving with politicians.

If any government in interested in saving the educational sector in Kerala, it should immediately implement a law which makes it mandatory for all MLAs, ministers, MPs and government employees to send their children only to government-run schools and colleges. Only then the eyes of politicians will open, as then they would be able to see through the eyes of a parent.


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