Teachers are the pillars of any education system. Many of them go above and beyond their duty to make learning fun for students and ensure their well-rounded development.
However, when District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey was on a surprise inspection of a government school in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh, a teacher struggled to read aloud from the Class 8 English textbook.
The DM went to a school in the Sikandarpur Sarausi area and noticed that the students were unable to read lines from their course books. When the teacher failed at it too he said,
“She should be suspended immediately. She is a teacher and she can’t read English.”
When she tried to defend herself, he replied,
“So what? You are a graduate. I didn’t ask you the meaning of anything. I didn’t ask you to translate this, I just asked you to read.”
People were appalled to see this sorry state of affairs and blamed the selection process.
It is a fact that the Indian education system focuses more on rote learning and marks rather than practical learning and this root cause needs to be addressed.