The day I found out that my school was soon to be demolished to make way for a new building, I felt very sad. I was teary eyed as I recalled it being a place where I’d met many people who have had a great influence in my life – my teachers, principals, nuns, as well as my class/school mates who I am still close to; that this was the same edifice where we as students had so much fun and spent many memorable moments, and learnt the values of life. I always loved my school and my beloved teachers who moulded my life well. I didn’t realize how much I would miss it, once it is razed to the ground.
Thanks to my school and our teachers who enlightened our mind with profound knowledge and power - while our parents give us physical life, our teachers give life to our soul. I shall forever be thankful to all those wonderful teachers, who have enriched my life. There are too many to name. I salute the teachers who have worked silently, under great stress, to produce responsible and capable students. Teaching is hard work, and often a thankless job. The teachers touch their students’ lives each day, influencing them and helping shape their tomorrows. The lessons that students learn from their teachers remain with them throughout their life. Every student should look back with appreciation and gratitude to the brilliant teachers who touched their lives.
We should always respect our teachers. Due honour should be given to the teachers, by recognizing the lasting contributions they have made to our lives. Above all teachers need encouragement and support from the community, to know that their devotion to students is appreciated. Looking back, I think that one common thing that marked all the good teachers was their humility. The more they knew, the greater was their humility. There were some of my teachers who were very knowledgeable perhaps, but did miserably at imparting that knowledge to others. They failed to kindle that flame of curiosity that makes one want to go on and on. It is said a good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. I pray that today’s teachers kindle that spirit of curiosity, which makes learning a pleasure and less of a chore.