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Teaching is a noble profession, we should make it more appealing

Filed on February 1, 2020 | Last updated on February 1, 2020 at 09.14 pm

It was heartening to read about the efforts made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to identify the 'loving UAE teacher' whose video went viral recently (KT web report, Jan. 29). We are well aware of the importance and respect Sheikh Mohammed accords to teachers, who truly are unsung heroes in any society. Their role and responsibilities are evolving, making it more challenging for them to impart traditional lessons of learning in an evolving and dynamic environment.

A teacher's role isn't just limited to school hours these days, they are expected to be working and devising plans for children and schools even outside the classrooms. Yet, people often do not appreciate the effort that goes into educating children well, and giving them a learning environment that allows them to thrive well.

Comments made by Sheikh Mohammed and awards for teachers are recognition that this noble profession deserves. The recent viral video would encourage all teachers to perform better and build a bond with students. It is a pity that people are losing interest in this profession and less and less are applying or aspiring for it. We should make it more appealing to attract talent.

- Latha Narasimhan, Sharjah

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