Insights

  1. Teaching is a profession for those who want to devote themselves to the next generation.
  2. If you become a good teacher in a renowned school, you’d get a job good salary, job security, medical insurance, perks etc.; that a high-class government employee enjoys.
  3. People spend years doing a particular course only to realize in the end that the institute they took the degree from was not a certified one. One must be vigilant.p
  4. You may think that soft-spoken teacher is more valued than a teacher who has mastery over his/her subject. You are wrong!
  5. This profession is best suited for those who want a perfect balance between their professional and personal lives.
  6. One must get a proper education (B.Ed.) to enjoy the real benefits of this profession.
  7. Patience is the most important thing for a teacher. A person who gets irritated by minor issues will not go far in this profession.
  8. The traditional concept of Guru-worship isn’t relevant in today’s time. Now, education has become more like a business; which is a great source of despondency in teachers today.

Profile Details

Name – Anupma Sharma

Profession – Psychology teacher, DPS (Delhi Public School)

Age – 40

Gender – Female

Industry – Education

City – Greater Noida

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/anupama-sharma-a59815b7

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born in Saharanpur and did schooling in Uttaranchal and Post-Graduation from Agra.

My father was a Zoology professor and my mother a Geography teacher. So, I inherited my profession from my parents. We had an upper-middle-class family background.

Who had the most influence on you and how?

Both my parents had a remarkable influence on me. I’ve inherited some of their best traits which have helped me face life efficiently. My father was a very rational and practical man. I integrated this quality in myself making me a very assertive and emotionally strong person.

My mother was a great parent. She was a very humble lady and I believe that the way she brought me up is something I’ve myself failed to do as a parent. Her humbleness is unforgettable and that’s what I’ve integrated into myself which enables me to be a good teacher along with an adorable mother.

They are the best parents and I’m blessed that I was born their daughter.

Please give a summary of your career.

I did Bachelors in English, Political Science, History and Psychology from M. B. PG Government college and Masters from St. John’s college in Industrial and Social Psychology.

After completing my education, I taught Social Science in DAV, Haldwani for one year. Then I shifted to Guru Teg Bahadur Public school, where I taught Psychology for two years. Then I got married and shifted to Jaipur in Rajasthan. My first child was really young when I decided to continue my teaching job. I became an English teacher to middle school children in Children’s Academy.

After one year of my job there, I started teaching English to tenth-grade students at St. Pauls and continued there for one year. Then I taught English in Seedling Modern School. We shifted to Panipat afterward. There I taught English in St. Marys for around one and a half year. Then I taught English for five years in DPS Panipat Refinery. Currently, I am teaching Psychology in Delhi Public School, Greater Noida since 2010.

Which institutes are best for the training/education of this profession?

Today, correspondence and even online teaching courses are available to students who wish to enter this profession. A.B.R.L Degree College, A.K College, and A.N.D Teacher Training P.G College are the best colleges in UP to train as a teacher. A.N Shiksha Shastri college and A.N Teacher Training College are the best in Rajasthan. There are endless options. Jamiya Miliya University, University of Delhi and Loyola College are best in India.

What are the costs associated with the training/education of this profession?

Costs vary. When I studied, it was less than 10,000 INR. It depends on the government subsidy on your education, or whether you are studying through correspondence or regular college and whether you stay in hostel or travel to the institute.

It also depends on the level of teacher one aspires to be. A playschool teacher would have different kind of training and education vs. a high school teacher thus cost varies utterly.

I don’t think it would cost more than 2 lacs for training as a teacher today including all the expenses.

What are the typical entry-level jobs in this profession?

Nursery school teacher should be at least 12th pass, middle school teacher should have a Teacher Training Certificate (TTC) while High school teacher must have Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree. National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for those who want to become professors and lecturers. There are also special schools where one reaches after a diploma in special education.

To become a Nursery school teacher, one takes the Nursery Teacher Training (NTT) which is a one-year course emphasizing the overall development of a child.

To become a primary school teacher, one takes the Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EL.ED.) course which is for 4 years. Diploma in Elementary Education (D.EL.ED.) course of 2 years is a good alternative to it.

Other diploma courses are BTC (Basic Training Certificate), PTC (Primary Teachers Certificate), ETE (Elementary Teacher Education), DED (Diploma in Education), and JBT (Junior Basic Training).

To become a trained graduate teacher, the B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses are done after graduation and are of 2 years duration.

B.P.ED. stands for Bachelor of Physical Education which is a 3 years course for those who want to become sports teachers. It is an undergraduate degree program that focuses on Physical Education.

You can pursue masters in any discipline. After doing B. Ed. and M.A., you can work as Post Graduate Teacher and teach 11th and 12th-grade students.

You can become a teacher under Central Government if you manage to crack the CTET exam and under the state government if you crack STET.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect in your line of career & industry?

It varies from school to school, level to level, private to government institutions, eligibility, and proficiency of the teacher. There are teachers bound to work at only Rs. 6000 per month in local schools without much knowledge and eligibility and there are also highly qualified professors in colleges who receive few lakhs per month.

Once you become a permanent teacher in a renowned institute, you not only get job security but multiple bonuses like medical insurance and DA. Before that both job and salary are uncertain.

I’d give a description of my remuneration in these 23 years of teaching.

Starting out – 1.8 lakhs per annum

5 years of experience – 4 lakhs per annum

10 years of experience – 5.4 lakhs per annum

15 years of experience – 6 lakhs per annum

20+ years of experience – 7.8 lakhs per annum

Please describe your work.

My main job as a teacher is teaching obviously, but there are multiple things a teacher gets involved in.

As I’m a Psychology teacher, I’m also often involved in counseling children of our school. I also teach Social Science.

I’m often involved in various internships and programmes carried out in the school premises.

I also have to deal with students and their parents at a personal level in the PTMs.

Bus duty is also there while traveling on the school bus.

I also have to give extra time to senior students in extra classes arranged after school hours or weak students in reinforcement classes.

The trips arranged by the school for the children always require all the arrangements to be made by the teachers and I often have to take charge of it.

Teachers also have hostel duties where they are required to give time to hostel children in the school.

I’ve to work at least 8 hours at the school. Sunday is a holiday, but Saturdays are sometimes working. Apart from that, I’ve to prepare exam papers, evaluate exam answer sheets during off-duty hours.

Overall, I work nine to ten hours per day.

What are some of the positives which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?

My dad used to say that teachers are always young. They are always dealing with the young generation as they not only teach but also learn from them.

Another benefit is that you have to educate and update yourself first to be a good teacher. We get such firm grips on our subjects that we hardly ever forget it and always keep on learning.

There are very good salaries in the teaching job with the justifiable amount of work. There are people leaving their high-class jobs in MNCs and banks to become teachers due to better work-life balance offered in this job.

It’s the best job for women who want a perfect balance between their professional and personal lives. You always have enough time for your family. There are no insecurities regarding your family due to your job. You leave home when your children leave for school and get back as soon as they do.

Once you become a permanent teacher in any good institute, you get multiple bonuses which are equivalent to those enjoyed by government employees.

Even in my school, there are senior teachers and headmasters who earn double my salary. There are people out there who get free trips abroad as part of their profession. Comparing your financial condition with others will only bring despondence. One should always be aware of his/her limits and live according to those standards. I have got a good life and I’m very satisfied with my job and salary.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?

The first challenge in becoming a teacher is that at times you have no idea whether the institute you are training from is a certified one or not. People spend years doing a particular course only to realize in the end that the institute they took the degree from was not a certified one. One must be vigilant about the reputation of the college they are studying in.

The second challenge is that there are many private institutes where the norms for the job and financial security of teachers are not followed. Their salaries are delayed and even encroached upon. Thus, one should ensure that they train as good teachers eligible to be part of high-class institutes which follow the norms stringently.

As I said before, as a teacher you do get enough time to look after your family efficiently, you may lack a social life though.

Also, you may financially face issues only when you are a teacher in an unrecognized school or authority. Good teachers in good institutes earn more than enough.

The type of people you’ve to deal with is also a big challenge. Some extremely naughty students can make your job difficult. You as a highly paid teacher are fully accountable for the result of your students. If any of the students fail, you are answerable to the authority.

I feel that the kind of veneration teachers had in the 90s and time before is no more there. Education is not gained but bought and the system seems more like a business. Teachers aren’t seen as gurus but shopkeepers who are selling knowledge to children at a price.

It pains a lot to see such inhuman mortification of this sacred job. Kabirdas kept the guru over God but now no one seems to recognize that.

What are the relevant skills/technologies/trends that are commanding a premium in your job profile?

As a teacher, one should have knowledge of computers. It’s most important to work at any school in an effective manner. You should have basic knowledge regarding the use of various new technologies introduced in schools like the Smart Class. Updating the school blog, uploading documents online, sending e-mails, faxing are all important uses of technology at the school level.

A creative teacher who has the ability to get out of his/her arena of teaching and involve in more tasks including cultural and co-scholastic programmes is also valued.

There is a demand for teachers everywhere. The education system should be developed with special care properly.

What kind of a person would be happy in your career?

Obviously, a person who loves to teach! Why else would you take up the job? Someone who has a passion for the next generation and is interested in giving a stake to their future is the one who is best suited for the job.

A materialistic person who is entering the profession only for the good money is a simple threat to the interests and future of the children.

Patience is the most important thing. A person who beats and scolds children for minor issues of discipline is not acceptable at these times. However annoying or impossible a kid maybe, a teacher must always be patient with him/her.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I’ve already started my business in E-commerce which has a number of services.

Other teachers like me are giving tuitions and even establishing their own coaching institutes. I’m incapable of doing that, so E-commerce is the best option for me.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?

Don’t be in an illusion regarding your profession. You may think that children would love you if you’re very nice to them or a very soft-spoken person, but in the end, they would only demand a teacher who has mastery over his/her subject. Just focus on that. There is no shortcut. You not only have to be intelligent but also creative and patient in dealing with the next generation.

Establishing a loving relationship with your students is also important. You should be able to understand and read their young and innocent minds and correct them at the even personal level if you sense that something is wrong. That also doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them. They often turn out to be better than us in many cases. Be a child with children. Learn to be flexible and let your mind open to everything.

Don’t just perform your job, rejoice it.

Contributing Writer – Yashika Bhati