The new age Kashmiri youth is energetic, upwardly mobile, forward looking, willing to shed the baggage of the past and ready to pursue a life of dignity and achievement. This young lot in Kashmir is eager to become a part of the great success story and eager to prove themselves equal to the best in the world and willing to work hard to get there – be it in sports, studies or other professional activities. For this parents as well as the children are looking eagerly for the kind of quality education.
In the realm of the education, there exists a consecrated bond between the teachers and their students. Students, after their parents, admire their teachers the most and look upon them as role models. Teachers have the ability and the responsibility to inculcate in their students value systems as also personality traits like confidence, dedication, warmth and sincerity. It is from their teachers that students get the most priceless guidance for leading a meaningful life.
Without doubting the fact that the teachers of Kashmir are dedicated that even during times of turmoil and social disruptions they continue to function with their best ability. Many a times it has been seen in past that teachers have escorted their student back home safe if some disturbances erupted during school hours. Teachers have the ability and the responsibility to inculcate in their students value systems as also personality traits like confidence, dedication, warmth and sincerity. It is from their teachers that students get the most priceless guidance for leading a meaningful life
Healthy relationships with teachers have imperative, constructive and enduring implications for students’ intellectual and collective development. Teachers who foster optimistic relationships with their students create classroom environments more conducive to learning and meet students’ developmental, emotional and academic needs.
Teacher’s help students reflect on their thinking and learning skills, show them the mirror, where they stand and where they ought to be.
In an atmosphere of the type prevailing in the Kashmir, the teachers can make a sterling contribution towards ensuring that their students do not get sucked into the abrasive politics of a few with vested interests. Teachers can wean away the teenagers from indoctrination into a destructive ideology by taking a keen interest in their learning, development and progress.
Teachers can walk the extra mile to support students not just in scholastic pursuits but also extra-curricular activities, for job preparation, selection and placement.
While teachers remain actively engaged in nurturing their bond with students, it also becomes incumbent upon the students to cultivate the right attitude and commitment towards their teachers and their education. It is here that parents have a big role to play; they have to impress upon their children the high pedestal at which our civilization and culture places teachers and ensure that the children learn to give proper respect and attention to what is being taught to them.
Parents need to interact with the teachers on a regular basis in order to get a view of the manner in which the child is progressing, not only in education but also in the more important aspect of personality development. Parents and teachers have to jointly work towards assisting the child in attaining his life’s goals and aspirations, put him on the path that he is best equipped to follow. Parent-Teacher Meeting (PTM) can be a very effective interface for mutual understanding and as a platform for a more realistic feedback. This one step, prevalent across the globe, can prove decisive in shaping the course of the entire educational system in Kashmir.
Sadly, the culture for such interaction is not much prevalent in the Kashmir Valley; a few private schools may be following it but state-run schools, where a larger segment of the students are studying, have yet to adopt the system.
If PTM had been a norm in the valley there would have been a fair chance of containing and checking the waywardness of teenage students. Constant scrutiny and joint pressure by the parents and the teachers would have been sufficient to keep them under control.
There are other similar institutionalized processes that can provide a fillip to the learning curve in Kashmir. Inter school and college cluster meets amongst different institutions within the valley and outside in various fields like sports, cultural engagements, quiz, debates, essay writing competitions and other activities will provide a conducive platform for meaningful cross pollination of ideas, thus lending richness to the educational experience.
Crediting the efforts of teachers which helped in the overwhelming results in recent examinations have re-established the importance that the Kashmiri people, especially the students, give to education and the teachers who are guiding them to right path. It has once again brought to the fore the wisdom and resilience of the Kashmir people who are determined to ensure that the future of their children is not jeopardized.