Pupils, respect your teachers

2016-11-23 06:00

TEACHERS play an important role in the lives of pupils. Apart from their parents, they also shape pupils’ lives by imparting knowledge to them and help inculcate good morals in them.

They act as agents of change and counsel pupils in their choice of career and guide and counsel pupils and students entrusted to their care.

Teachers can impact on the lives of many children, especially when they leave a good impression on them. Many pupils keep in memory teachers, who in one way or another, affected their lives positively or negatively.

Teachers are often the difference between a successful pupil and an unsuccessful one, between one who loves to read and write, and one who doesn’t.

Teachers can make or “unmake” their pupils. They can help dull pupils become brilliant. In the classroom, they groom pupils­ to become useful citizens. It is, therefore necessary for pupils to develop a healthy pupil-teacher relationship all the time so that pupils can approach them with their problems.

Parents are happy with teachers who have good communication (rapport) with their children and credit is always given to teachers when their pupils pass their exams­ with distinction.

However, in spite of the meaningful role teachers play in the lives of pupils, some throw tantrums, curse, insult or even attack teachers when they are punished for wrongdoing.

They forget that teachers, whether young or old, compliment the role of parents­ and therefore they need to respect them.

Pupils give teachers all sorts of names, and refuse to give them the respect they deserve. Sometimes pupils get punished for their mistakes, such as going against school rules.

Pupils must remember that a teacher, like a parent, punishes one not out of hatred­, but out of love. When pupils are disciplined, credit goes to the teachers as well as the school.

Pupils should not see teachers as enemies because many great and famous people, who have made it in life, give credit to their teachers.

There may be some you see as being bad, but pupils, respect your teachers and make them your friend so they can groom you into responsible adults.

Mondli Ngidi

Imbali Township Stage 2

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