Speaking at the Teachers’ Day celebrations organised by the Zilla Panchayat, department of education here on Saturday, he said Dakshina Kannada district does not have any shortage of educational institutions. The teachers should introspect and question whether they are imparting value based quality education to their wards.
He said “teachers are held high position in the society from time immemorial. Teachers are revered in the society and are considered equivalent to God. Students emulate the teachers and consider them as role models. So teachers have a greater role to play in moulding the personality of a student. Teachers should consider their profession as a mission and not as just a means of livelihood.”
District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar said there is a need to preserve ‘Guru-shishya’ (teacher-student) relationship. No union is necessary for strengthening Guru-shishya relationship. Stating that the State government has been giving emphasis to education, he said over 20,000 teachers have been recruited to maintain the quality of education in the State. “Teachers are also given grant to purchase duster, chalks and a special allowance of Rs 200 in addition to salary,” he informed.
He said complaining against a teacher in police station for punishing the student is wrong on the part of the parents. Only teacher can usher in ‘true love’ to their students. In an era when parents find it difficult to control one kid at home, it is teachers who control 50 to 60 kids at a time in one classroom.”
MLA U T Khader said the future of the country lies in the hands of the teacher. A law should be passed to see that no police officials enter the portal of the school. “Any disputes between the teacher and parents should be sorted out by the DDPI,” he opined.
Mayor Shanker Bhat, Deputy Mayor Rajani Dugganna, DDPI Chame Gowda, ZP President Santhosh Kumar Bhandary and others were present.
State-level Best Teacher award winner in 2008-09 B Chandravathi Rai of DK ZP Higher Primary School, Mullakadu were felicitated.
Dist-level Best Teacher award
A total of 12 teachers from Dakshina Kannada were conferred with the ‘Best Teacher’ award. They are: High School: Aloysius D’Souza, Rosario High School, Mangalore; Purushotham, St Philomena High School, Puttur; Shambhushankara, Government High School, Gerukatte, Belthangady; Abdulla, NMPU, Aranthodu, Sullia; Eliza D’Souza, Carmel High School, Bantwal.
In Primary School section: Mangesh Bhat, Ganapathi Higher Primary School, Mangalore; Devaki, Government Higher Primary School, Munnur; Bhaskar Rai, Government Higher Primary School, Kallige, Bantwal; Shrinivasa, Mai de Deus Higher Primary School, Puttur; Seetharama Gowda, Government Higher Primary School, Pailaru, Sullia; Devadas Hedge, St Ignatius Higher Primary School, Paladka, Moodabidri; and Prabhakar Hegde, Government Higher Primary School, Mangalathota, Belthangady.