Teaching: Our Daily Bread
WHILE teaching is foremost a profession, it also has to be stable in terms of economic returns to enable teachers to maintain their well-being.
For one, there are teachers who cannot meet their daily needs simply because they are underpaid or do not receive the pay they deserve. That’s why many teachers have resorted to sideline work just to survive and live decently. As long as their task of molding the minds of their pupils or students is not affected or jeopardized by their act,
there’s nothing wrong with these. Teachers should not be deprived to earn extra income as long as this is done outside the scope of their job.
Authorities should look into their plight and do something about the problem if we are to expect them to be effective and morally upright educators. While teaching calls for sacrifice and honest hard work, it must also give teachers enough remuneration so as to prevent them from falling prey to bad practices like corruption.
Some people believe that to
be a teacher means less economic benefits and more extra work and burden. That’s why teachers are considered unsung heroes of our society. But we cannot expect teachers to remain martyrs as they are stereotyped. They also have needs and wishes in life that must be respected and granted so they can live as descent and respectable citizens.
The present administration is on the right track when it increased the budget for education this year. While the benefits recently accorded the teachers may not
be enough, it is a good start that would eventually allow for more privileges and benefits towards the teaching profession.
Since we consider teaching as our vocation, it cannot be denied that it is also the source of our day-to-day needs. While it is a source of our inspiration and one of the reasons for our being, we cannot leave our plight alone to the country’s planners or leaders. We have to actively take part on actions geared towards making the teaching profession a well-paying
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