When the teacher misbehavesMohammad Jashim Uddin, Mirpur, Dhaka
We see teaching as a noble profession and a teacher as a noble person because they are supposed to be builders of a nation. As students are raw materials which are to be shaped by the techers, the future of a nation depends on its teachers. So if teachers fail, then the whole nation would go down in the dark.
But unfortunately, teachers in our country have lost nobility, and day by day, they have become immoral in their thoughts, activities, behavior and character. That’s why teachers are not respected anymore as they used to be before. Teachers hanker after money and most often follow an immoral and illegal way to earn. By being involved politically, they influence their students to follow lead. Besides these, for few years, some teachers have abused their power and harassed their female colleagues and students.
We can go back three to four years ago, when the guardians were frightened to send their daughters to Jahanghirnagar University because the female students were harassed sexually by their teachers. Since then, day by day, this malpractice has spread to other universities and institutions.
The last few years saw a number of allegations against some teachers at Dhaka University, but they did not face any trial. So, it has turned into a social disease. Recently, a Dhaka University teacher was sent on a forced leave after being alleged to having an extra-marital relationship with his student. Sometimes, the students are trapped and sometimes, they willingly take such steps with their teachers in order to gain academic benefits. What a disgrace! But they never face any trial. Moreover, they are patronized by powerful authority like in the case of Porimal, a former teacher of Viqurunoonesa High School.
Such situations raise a question for us all: if a teacher behaves this way, where will the nation go? What dream will the nation expect from teachers? The young generation must raise their voices against such crime and work towards saving our current and future youth from such predators.
Mohammad Jashim Uddin
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