Quality Over Quantity: A Teacher’s Guide to Modern Education

Mukhtar Ahmed N - Education

“Change is the only constant”

While this quote by the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was based on ancient ideologies, it still stands true for the educational sector. An ever-evolving and progressing aspect of the world, education transforms every learner’s life. Yet, in the past few decades, the continual modifications in the school and college studying patterns have gravely impacted the quality of education at every grade level. Even the outbreak of COVID-19 played a pivotal role in transforming the classroom-based teaching method to a digitized one. 

Amid all these changes in the education scenario, a retired college Professor, Mr. Mokhtar Ahmed N, believes that real knowledge and wisdom have been left behind. Having been taught for more than five decades, Mr. Ahmed feels that the ‘hunger for knowledge’ has depleted since he was a student. He recalls his school and college days that were always brimming with numerous subjects and exams, but never managed to shake his confidence and eagerness to learn new things. 

A Tenacious Yet Passionate Journey from Being a Student to a Teacher

Born in Karnataka’s small town in 1946, Mr. Ahmed had to go through several hurdles to fulfill his desire to become an educated person in the otherwise backward society. The support of his parents mattered tremendously, urging him to push through challenges and complete his primary and secondary education from government recognized and ran institutes. “My father had only studied till high-school, yet his zeal for teaching was commendable. He would tutor me in different languages, such as Arabic, Urdu, and Kannada. It was from him that I inherited my passion for learning and teaching,” remembers Mr. Ahmed.

After completing his higher education in 1964, Mr. Ahmed moved to Mysore city to continue his stride of learning. However, his disinterest in Engineering led him to enroll in a Government of India (GOI) program at the Regional College of Education (RCE) at Mysore for training teachers, which was the foundation of his decades’ long journey as a teacher. But reality struck when he couldn’t find a suitable teaching position after graduating from the institute in 1970 as they were the first-ever batch. “I was due to be appointed as a trained teacher in the Department of Technical Education at RCE, but it fell through. However, the misfortune soon turned into a blessing as I got to associate with government and council-run schools and colleges,” says Mr. Ahmed. He worked with aided high school for three years, and the state council recognized high school for another three years, where he taught Mathematics and Science. Later, he shifted to teach technical education to Mechanical branch students in junior technical schools. Eventually, he associated with Sri Jayachamarajendra (Gov’t) Polytechnic and Oxford Polytechnic College before leaving his teaching career in 2015 to devote more time to his personal life.

Experience Guides and Advises

Such a notable journey from being a student to a teacher has guided Mr. Ahmed to understand how the educational landscape has changed. According to him, the huge gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills is just one of the many examples that have shaken the strong core of the country’s teaching institutes. “While the number of colleges and teaching institutes have gone up, the quality of education has fallen. Earlier, learning was about acquiring knowledge, but so is not true anymore to a full extent. In my view, focusing on quality education rather than quantity of educational institutes is imperative to fix the condition of teaching in the nation,” says Mr. Ahmed.

In terms of lacking professional skills, Mr. Ahmed suggests sending students for qualified internships and field visits from colleges. Although the prevailing gap between education and skills might not fill completely, it is sure to decrease as students learn to manage theory with practical.

That is not all; he even stresses giving formal education and guidance to students to help them shine in the field they like. The overdependency and narrow-viewpoint compel many parents to admit their kids in the market-popular courses, regardless of the child’s interest. Mr. Ahmed suggests checking this practice and assisting students in doing what they like to ensure that today’s learner is not merely a clock-bound worker of tomorrow. Only passion for work can drive a person to achieve greatness.

Even today, Mr. Ahmed undertakes students who approach him for guidance, advice, and teaching classes. He has a great knowledge of Karnataka and Bangalore’s educational institutes, making him an asset to students who are eager to take admission in the state colleges.

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