Post Mortem

Teachers’ Day: then and now

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/4/2020 12:54:24 PM IST

 Roses, pens, beaming faces, shy faces we miss them all. Silent competition on who receives the most, a single rose wrapped in cellophane would brighten the halls

When I was young, a procession by the students was carried out all over the small town where I lived. Placards hoardings made on cardboards hinged on wooden sticks read ‘LongLive, All The Teachers’. ‘God Bless, All the teachers ‘ Boys would call out in unison ‘long Live’ the girls equally robust would chime in ‘All the Teachers’

We came across the students of another school where they decided to go short and sweet ‘Long live Teachers Day’. They meant well and the teachers accepted with love.Holding the placards itself was considered a prestigious assignment. Thirty years gone celebrating this day changed as technology and modernity  banished those simple days away.

Today we don’t have children waiting patiently for teachers, entering a noisy class as they chorus their wishes and naughty ones minding the class making sure no one upsets the teacher. If we are teaching the primary section, we would have received cards saying… “I love you,ma’am”.I remember an incident when teaching 3 grade, a boy came purposefully and left a shiny ring on my table and walked away shyly. It was casting rays purposefully like its benevolentgiver, on picking it up I started sweating because that was the only thing thatcould be done at thatmoment. “Momma’s favourite, so I brought it for you because you are also my favourite.” Remarked the child off-handed.On being asked, “momma has many, she won’t mind.”

 After a frantic call Mother brought a rose in exchange of the ring. How precious that was! I had a diamond from an eight-year-old boy and a rose from the Mom.

Patting encouragements, wiping tears of a child in despair, giving half of your lunch to the child , worrying incessantly over a drop in performance,

Six months has gone no pats, no tears, nolunch sharing but we worry more. Weworry for the parents,grandma,nearby vegetable vendor, pressure cooker and the pet also.Everybody wanted to come online since the introduction of Zoom was a novelty, the whole family enjoyed the classes whereas Summer came swiftly to the teachers’ home. 

We had substitutions also, often students had to go for bath and moms decided to relieve him. English language class is for the whole family, then Ac stopped working in the language teacher’s home. for the senior classes,how we wish zoom has barber facility. “Put on your video, put on your video” is the theme of the day, which we religiously repeat with thanksgiving.We miss worrying over your lunch box, we miss poring over your notebooks searching for answers, above all we miss the noise and gay laughter.

Where have all the flowers gone?

Atula N Jamir 

Vice Principal (CSA)

Mount Carmel School,

AnandNiketan,

New Delhi

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