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WHERE HAVE ALL THE SIRS GONE?

The Sirs have dwindled in numbers. This profession is not suited to anyone who has to be the main bread earner for his family. Hence Sirs do not opt for it as a profession. They are going to greener pastures.
In India, women only supplement the family income and hence they are increasingly opting for this profession; especially since it provides them more time with their families, more holidays and vacations. Besides, there are always a few beasts of burden- the male counterparts- who can do the donkey work at School.

I do not doubt the ability of either sex in being good teachers or good School Administrators. In fact, women are more suited for the Motherly Role of a Teacher which is so much required in the early years of a child�s life.
Besides I have found a large number of male teachers doing exceedingly well in certain specific Disciplines/Subjects and hence male teachers outnumber the female teachers in such subjects, while the female teachers outnumber them in other subjects.
If we look at the Teachers honoured by us with National and CBSE Teacher Awards on 5'th September this year; we find among 14 National Awardees 03 Male and 11 Female Teachers and in the CBSE Awards, out of 14 there are 08 Male and 06 Female Teachers.
It is also a fact that more and more Female Heads of Schools are replacing what was a male bastion in our Country. They are soft yet firm, loving yet goal-oriented, caring yet aware of the need of exercising Social control. The managements find them easy to control, the parents are cautious in dealing with them and even the students who dare stare at a male teacher and enter into an argument find it inexcusable to be rude, defiant or rowdy towards a lady.

We do have a few Sirs still left in the Profession, but we have no Models as we had only ten years ago. The increase in the number of female teachers and administrators augurs well for our Schools but how it is going to shape at Academic and Professional Colleges is to be seen.
Let us hope that the Profession of Teaching redeems its lost prestige and is made more attractive, free from interference for innovations and more paying; so that we can see a lot more Sirs once again.

Cheer up Sirs will be back.