Past one week, I have seen people of all kinds disposing their poor character in response to education minister's poor choice of Toilet Example which went viral in Anonymous –Facebook page. I suppose maximum could be a Bhutanese living abroad in Australia. I must say he was unconditionally paralyzed with all kinds of insalubrious comments, as if they belong to other planet. Although, everybody has right to fix anyone but not this way. This is totally out of character. There are always ways to put things up for discussion. This possible man-made disaster may not have occurred otherwise –if minister could have been little more sensible in citing such down-graded example and our people have been little more literate and positive.
Over the years, the expansion in social media has posed lots of risk to self and other. With change in time and mentality, we needed to be very careful and selective in using words and examples. Who knows sometime own family members can be too dangerous to share some information. We must know that things we speak and share can reach to any part of the world within a blink of eye.
It seemed that ministers toilet example have created havoc and have demean overall morale of our people living in Australia. I feel such example should not doom their status in the society since it is like any other job. If they feel such jobs need to be respected they should not have bothered much. I don’t know why people feel so cheap to be address as a Toilet Cleaner.
If the notion of our minister is solely to doom people working in the west through his toilet example, we are helpless. But, if it is for the greater cause, I am completely touched with the comments our people have passed through the Facebook page. I suppose it may not have come from a qualified individual to hurt someone's sentiment knowingly. What someone had cooked up –supposed to be his speech to a group of teachers is right. And his intention is to convey that we have no other skills than to take up toilet cleaning jobs in the west, it is completely disheartening.
Then, our education system and curriculum are failing absolutely, it seemed that our teachers and schools across the country are not doing their job. Even, our minister is also a part of this big failure. And he should be blamed for failing our education system in the country.
As an educator, I wanted to inform His Excellency that the quality of education and overall development of our students have further headed down. All the recent unending reforms that took place in our education sector have produced all kinds of hollow, wasted, deserted, barren, and dry Youth, nothing seemed to work for them. Whatever example we relate to them, nothing seemed to ignite their poor thinking and character. In the first place, I have seen the concept of positive disciplining have failed terribly. I feel something is really missing from our education system. I am not sure what could be that? –mindset or poor parenting or teachers quality or teachers monthly salary or curriculum package.
Everyone expects their child to excel in studies, co-curricular activities and personality. What more has given to our teachers other than their monthly salary? Which is barely enough to run them a decent meals. I know ministry of education has a big say on two, five day training on 21st Century Transformative Pedagogy and English for Effective Communication Training which due this summer break.
Nevertheless, the actual intention of our minister was to hearten our teachers to dream big, must look into the 21st century, to raise the quality of education and to prepare our school boys and girls on rapidly changing world with all kinds of skills. But, where is the justice. Where is their social status? How much is their monthly income? How about their daily workload? Where is their right?
I feel simply underlining such issues –on the need to uplift the quality of education alone won't help ease this unprecedented problems. We must work together to understand the problems our teachers faces daily, not merely highlighting on the issues. Perhaps, torn classroom walls and broken school policy won’t help Education to do miracle overnight.
For a small landlocked and dependent country like ours, education is the most important weapon we can give to our children. I know another set of ‘Toilet Cleaning Example’ would collapse our ministry. It is high time we must come together and start to build a greater and stronger nation with all possible tie. Together we can!