A Teacher’s Farewell

Illustration of teacher, student, doctor near blackboard in a classroom

“I should make class fun by having a discussion with students, as they are already tired from their consecutive science classes,” thought Tr Aarti, the English teacher of Class 12.

‘What do you want to become in life?’ was the topic. The students replied enthusiastically that they wanted to become doctors, engineers, IAS officers, businessmen, lawyers, scientists, etc.

Then Tr Aarti wrote on the blackboard, ‘Does anyone want to become a teacher?’

No hand rose and there was pin drop silence in the class. Tr Aarti then wrote out a third point, ‘Why don’t you want to become a teacher?’

The students replied saying that teaching was a low-paying job and the status of a teacher in society had declined as compared to the olden days.

“Who wants to become a teacher for a day on Teachers’ Day?” asked Tr Aarti.

Suddenly, all hands rose high in the air.

Cover of the September 2022 issue of The Teenager Today - Teachers' Day Special

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Shivam Uniyal (22) is a B.Ed. student at HNBGU, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He is the author of the books She Returns and Kintsugi: The Love Locket.

Shivam Uniyal

Shivam Uniyal (22) is a B.Ed. student at HNBGU, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He is the author of the books She Returns and Kintsugi: The Love Locket.