Importance of Education
Name – Ritu Rekhi
Profession – Education
Designation – Primary Teacher
Organisation – Banyan International School, Jammu
Age – 44
City – Jammu
Work Experience (Years) – 8
Under-Graduation – B.Sc., GCW, Jammu
Professional Qualification – Diploma in Computer Software learning, B.Ed, GCW, Jammu
Please give us a summary of your Career.
I started teaching in 2009 and taught as a Primary Teacher, English in Presentation Convent Senior Secondary School for one year and took a break for some time. I resumed my teaching career in 2011 as a Primary Teacher in Banyan International School, Jammu. And, I have been working here for the past 7 years and have taught English to Classes 3,4,5 and 6. Also, I have been the class teacher for 5th standard during most of my teaching career. All these years, I have been teaching English and it has been a mentally stressful task as students of this age group are difficult to handle.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Primary Teacher.
Currently, I am the class teacher of class 5 and I take English for classes 5 and 6. Basically, I should be given a TGT (Trained Graduate Teacher) Grade as 75% of my work includes handling TGT Class level. I take up Value Education, General Knowledge and co-curricular activities for my own class. I am allotted substitutions in my free periods and my normal workday includes checking notebooks and preparing for assemblies. On an average, I am given one free period to do my evaluation of notebooks and prepare question papers for quizzes and upcoming tests.
Average Income of a Primary Teacher in the current scenario
Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
On an average, being a Primary teacher how many hours do you work per day?
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as Primary Teacher require you to travel?
Does your work as Primary Teacher require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider the Profession of a Primary Teacher Risky?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
What are the different ways of entering this profession?
You need to have a basic B.Ed degree and suitable educational qualifications to enter this field.
How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work as Primary Teacher is
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
Importance of Education in the Profession of a Primary Teacher
Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?
It varies according to institutions- private or public
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful Primary Teacher?
First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details
You need to be cheerful around students and not let your personal issues affect your work environment and also be extremely patient as each student has its own pace to learn.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Primary Teacher?
Stability is one factor as there is stability with regard to work responsibility and location, I do not have to travel for work. The other is time management as I can manage my work life and balance both due to a fixed routine. A cooperative work culture as it helps one learn how to function in a group and present the best possible solutions. It also gives you a satisfaction as you are imparting knowledge and mng the future citizens into better individuals.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Primary Teacher?
There is no growth in this profession and there is a stagnation in this career prospect. You can not be very creative with regard to your approach as the routine is mundane and trying to not follow the set pattern might lead to problems. This profession tends to get boring as the same routine has to be followed and also, there is no scope for personal development per say as no great intellectual transformation takes place.
Recognition in your Profession
What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
General Information of your Profession/Business
What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
May be Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?
If I am allowed to take up a profession, I would still pick up what I am currently doing. However, I would like to finish my post graduation and would like to take up teaching the higher classes.