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How society’s moral decline affected the teacher-student relationship

In this era where unemployment is on the rise and job market is over-saturated, becoming a teacher is the easiest way for every person who fails to find any other reasonable job.

Schooling, particularly in Pakistan, has turned into purposeless, effortless business with owners only caring about how much money they can earn.

Such teachers, who lack ambition and devoutness enter into teaching just for the sake of earning money, have brought disrespect for the entire profession. They lost their dignity because they failed to produce a society where they could maintain their respect.

On the other hand, some students who think their parents are wealthy and have “bought them” a teacher or a tutor treat teachers with disrespect.

According to the Global Status Index, China stands at the top for giving most respect to its teachers, while UK and USA stand in the middle of the Index.

Pakistan does not even make it to the first 21 countries. Why is it so? Why does Pakistan remain at the bottom, in this field?

This could be because some teachers, having materialistic approach and involvement in financial malpractices, have failed to add value to the lives of students.

Well, this has become a common narrative of the teacher community that students have adopted rude and insulting behavior towards their teachers while instead of blaming the students, it is imperative to observe and judge the role of teachers.

Use of foul language, irresponsible behavior, a materialistic approach is some of the key factors which have led the students to become insolent towards their teachers.

Lack of professionalism is another reason, which hinders one to accept his responsibility towards institution as well as the society.

Ethics seem to vanish among these so-called servants of humanity. This could be much better exemplified by videos and pictures which have taken over the internet.

Rather than imparting education to students, they focus on insulting and humiliating the young ones, which further makes their students rebellious.

The teaching profession has turned into a business and the academic institutions have been overwhelmed by a dominant and materialistic approach focusing power and position either by hook or crook. Whether it’s a school teacher or a vice-chancellor of any university, all are in search of personal benefits.

But is this appropriate? Is such kind of practice is doing justice to the teaching profession, society and most importantly to oneself?

Teachers have to impart knowledge to their students through hard work, skills and determination in the upbringing of children, resultant leading them to earn reward and respect.

The reckless behavior of teachers is leaving a negative impact on the students and the institutions as well.

Presently, the former vice chancellors of three major universities of Punjab have been put behind the bars for giving preference to their personal interest over their profession.

The greed for money and power among these so-called teachers have put the future of thousands of students at stake.

This lingering tension has created more cracks in the education system of Pakistan.

Harassment is another reason contributing to the decline of teacher’s social status.

Harassment at the hands of teachers is a problem, which many female students have avoided to raise but things have changed thanks to the power of social media.

Many cases have been reported where the culprit appears to be a teacher in cases of violence and harassment.

Many girls highlighted the incidents where they became the victims of sexual abuse by the hands of a teacher.

Now, these kinds of acts create a discomfort and uneasy environment for things to prevail smoothly. After being mistreated, the student would never ever remain silent in today’s world, though knowing that he or she is raising voice against the teacher who possesses a high degree of respect and position.

Respect and dignity are earned by the teacher.

Professional and personal ethics are pivotal for the reformation of the teaching profession. In order to build up the future of the students, one needs to be a supporting arm for them.

Money cannot buy one respect as it can only increase the bank balance.

Respect is linked with one’s inner self, which can only be earned through one’s loyalty towards his profession.

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