Is something wrong in the teaching profession? This is one pertinent question that deserves some deep reckonings, considering the exodus of educationists from this profession.
Whatever may be the reasons, an increasing number of people are opting to find a way out from this profession. While some have left for greener pasture, it seems some are impatiently waiting for that golden opportunity to bid adieu.
And further what is more alarming is the finding of the annual education statistics, 2013, that shows that a government schoolteacher leaves the teaching profession almost everyday in Bhutan. About four percent of teachers in government schools leave the profession annually for various reasons, according to the report; while teachers voluntarily resigning totes up to 750 between 2008 and 2013.
Often studies have been quoted, reasoning that teaching as a profession is unable to attract the brightest candidates, but what is disappointing is that even the ones that are there today are possibly in a lookout for that exit passage.
Take for instance, the vacancies announced for the post of Drungpa/ Dzongrab a few years back. While it was not known then how many educationists or teachers actually tried for the post, but 14 shortlisted out of the total 17 were education officers and school principals.
Seriously, we need to find solutions to avert this exodus. While reasons could vary and could be many behind teachers leaving this profession, this is obviously not a positive development. Educationists play a crucial role in shaping the future of the youth and thus the future of the nation.
This also becomes a cause for concern in the wake of a deluge of flak on the quality of education in the country. Perhaps, it’s not the first time we are hearing the dearth of teachers, the appointing of contract based teachers, and the deteriorating quality of education in the country.
And while we have also been told that there is no dearth of teachers per se and education report identifying low academic and professional standards for entry into the teaching profession as major constraints in the current system, it’s time we right the wrongs in the system. How long will we continue to find replacement to fill the vacuum left by those who are leaving or are about to leave? The departure also means the departure of skills, knowledge and experience. These are the people who know the education system inside out. Retaining through appropriate incentives rather than finding replacements should be the immediate focus.