Teacher’s Day: Teacher’s Day in India and its importance


India has a good tradition of respecting teachers and giving importance to education. Teachers are widely respected in the society and are held in high esteem. Every 5th September is Teacher’s Day in India. This day is the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India.

Radhakrishnan was a famous Indian teacher, philosopher and politician. He is familiar with Indian philosophy and Western philosophy, and served as the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. He did teaching work in various universities of India. He was a visiting lecturer and professor at Spaulding College, University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Chicago, USA, teaching Eastern religion and ethics.

The way of celebrating Teacher’s Day in India is also very interesting. On Teacher’s Day, some schools will “delegate” the teacher’s teaching job to the younger students and let the senior students teach the younger students. After the class, the school will score the performance of the senior “younger teachers” and select outstanding “student teachers”. In such activities, students can better understand the difficulties of teachers.

Compulsory education is applicable in India from primary school to junior high school, i.e. education from class 1 to class 10 is free. Senior high school typically consists of grades 11 and 12, which are the self-financed education stage. Most popular universities in India give importance to JEE exam which is “Engineering and Technical College Entrance Examination” and NEET exam which is “Medical College Entrance Examination”. These two exams are the passport for Indian students to enter polytechnic universities and medical schools. The enrollment rate of Indian universities is generally around 30 percent.

Education in India has always been an important foundation for national development and an important way for people to improve their quality and potential. Over the years, the Government of India has been committed to promoting education reforms, improving the quality and equity of education, and meeting social and economic needs.

(Credits- China Media Group, Beijing)

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