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Chakravarthy Soolibele laments teacher-student gap

Teachers asked to try to spot and nurture talent in their students

D.H. Shankarmurthy suggests debate on the state of the education system

SHIMOGA: Thinker and columnist Chakravarthy Soolibele said here on Saturday that teachers should lay as much importance to character building of children as to the curricular activities as they had the responsibility of shaping them into responsible citizens.

“Teachers who are glowing lights should try to kindle the light of knowledge among children too,” he said.

Mr. Soolibele was delivering a special lecture at a function organised jointly by the district administration, the Shimoga Zilla Panchayat and the Department of Education to mark Teachers’ Day.

Expressing his concern that the gap between teachers and students had been widening, Mr. Soolibele said it had become inevitable for a majority of the teachers to cultivate good rapport with the latter so as to instil confidence in them.

Personal conduct

He said the personal conduct of teachers was crucial in view of the fact that students were sharp and had their own assessment of teachers.

Mr. Soolibele said that teachers should understand that no student was dull or weak and he or she could display individual talents if teachers extended their personal care and attention.

He said it was the task of teachers to spot innate talents among students.

Declining standards

Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board D.H. Shankarmurthy, who inaugurated the function, expressed his concern over what he termed the declining standards in education system.

He criticised the Centre’s move to impart sex education instead of improving the quality education.

Root cause

He said there was a need for a national debate on the state of education system as it had been found that education had become responsible for several problems in society.

Shimoga Rural MLA K.G. Kumaraswamy presided over the function.

Zilla panchayat president H.C. Basavarjappa, Vice-Chairman of the of the Non-Resident Indians Forum Capt. Ganesh Karnik, Chairman of the Mysore Paper Mills Araga Jnanendra, City Municipal Council president N.J. Rajasekhar, Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer A.B. Hemachandra and Deputy Director of Public Instruction S.L. Chauvan were present.


Several teachers were honoured on the occasion in appreciation of their contribution to the field of education.