New Delhi, Sep 5: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday hailed teachers as the key architects of national development, saying that it was due to them that the education system was moving steadily towards greater heights of excellence.
'It is because of teachers like you that our system of education is moving steadily towards greater heights of excellence,' he said, addressing the gathering of educators, after presenting the National Awards to Teachers 2017, on Teachers' Day here. Altogether, 45 teachers from across the country were honoured with National Awards for Teachers' 2017 by the Vice-President, at a function at Vigyan Bhawan, on the occasion of Teachers' Day. The awards were instituted in 1958 to commemorate India's second President S Radhakrishnan, a renowned educationist.
Mr Naidu, giving away the awards, said in recognising their outstanding contribution, the government had not only recognised them, but also showcased what could be actually achieved with 'competence, commitment and collaboration'.
Asking the teachers to make their instruction learner-friendly, he said this essentially implied that if we had to universalise quality education the teachers must individualise learning. 'They must know each child well and respond to the learning needs of each and every child in the classroom,' he said. He also called for imparting education in the mother tongue. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and his deputy Upendra Kushwaha were also present.
The world had recognised India as a world teacher or Vishwa Guru, he said, adding that in many ways, this stream of intellectual pursuits and knowledge creation had continued over the past two millennia.
'However, there are persistent challenges in providing good quality education for all children, youth and adults,' he noted. Demanding a change in societal mindsets and attitude, Naidu further said 'We have to create an ethos that values learning, an ethos that gives respect to teachers.
'It has been said that 'values are caught and that they can rarely be taught,' which means the teachers must ensure 'through their behaviour, through their communication with students and in the way the classes are organised that values of equality, democracy, peace and working together become an integral part of the school ethos.'
He said in international studies of effective schooling, it has been found that an important contributory factor for creating high performing systems, in countries like Finland, was the respect that society accords to its teachers.
'All these principles emanated from our ancient Indian heritage, which viewed education as integrated development of all faculties,' it added. (UNI)