The role of a teacher in the formation of society is of
paramount important. It is he who acts for the whole society in discharging the
debt due to future generations. Therefore, his key role lays great emphases on
him to take meticulous care in fulfilling his duty.
The mind of a child is like a blank slate and whatever is
written on it remains inscribed on it for a long time to come. The importance of
the role of teacher demands conscientious effort on the part of the government
in selecting the educated people of the society for this noble profession.
When a person is selected for teaching profession, it must
be determine whether the person possesses a natural aptitude for it. Can he
serve as a practical model for his pupils? What ideology does he cherish? Above
all, does he have the heart and sole of a Muslim.
It is imperative that a complete system be geared up for
the selection of teachers. Only that person should be given this sacred
responsibility who fulfils the aforementioned criteria.
Besides, an on job training programme should be formulated
for the selected candidates with the following objectives.
Inculcating the true spirit of this profession
in their minds
Impressing upon them the objectives of Islam
Making them aware of contemporary issues in
Providing them with an opportunity to study
western thought and methodology pertaining to education.
Apart from making a system on the basis of the above
mentioned objectives, there still remains one inevitable factor which must be an
integral part of this education system – an attractive financial package. We all
know that lack of this very aspect has contributed a lot to the deterioration of
education. Usually, no talented person joins teaching profession as it neither
offers him respect in the eyes of the society nor does it provide him with a
reasonable living standard. When better financial prospects are incorporated in
this education policy, a large number of intelligent young men of the society
will be attracted to this profession.
If the government decides to implement such an education
policy with sincerity, one can hope for concrete results and expect that
talented people will join this profession and discharge their duty with a sense
of under moral obligation; that students will become students in the strict
sense of the word; that no student will have to seek private tuition and, above
all, teachers will try to perform this sacred task with an effort to follow in
footsteps of the Prophet (sws) – the greatest of all teachers.