“Extraordinary situations call extraordinary measures.” But unfortunately, these measures come with consequences too. In the wake of Covid-19, everything got hit by its uncertainty. Many people lost their lives, and many still have a mental illness. The milieu of COVID-19 becomes toxic for everyone out there in the world, and it is stretching its boundaries to the endless end.
Amid all the volatility of the situation, academics are also get severely affected. Many students faced difficulties during the initial stages of a pandemic. Keeping in mind, the condition of the coronavirus and the academic loss of students, many private colleges and also UGC suggested organizing online classes for students via different social networking platform, for example, Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc.. It was the significant step taken by government for the betterment of students.
However, many students took and still taking advantage of the situation negatively. Many teachers reported the odious behaviour of the students while taking online classes. These students try to compel teachers by mimicking, insulting, and using vulgar words. They think that they will be categorized as “dude” or “hero.” Little did they know that they are committing a major mistake in their life. Insulting teachers is equal to insulting your parents.
The modernization has taken away the traditional practices and the respecting attitudes of youngsters. Recently on Instagram, one post has been shared by ‘we the young India’ about the horrific insults faced by teachers while taking online classes. Teachers shared their stories of getting bullied and insulted by their students. They also reported that students are using a fake ID to perform such dreadful activities. Recently on Facebook, Ajoy Rajbanshi recently has posted a fictional story of a 55-year-old teacher, who got insulted by his students on Zoom. Ajoy has sincerely portrait the difficulties faced by the middle-aged man. He posted:
“Principal suddenly called the 55-year-old teacher and told him to learn how to take a class online. He doesn’t have much to say as he knows that if he denies he will be laid off, at this age in this situation he can’t do any other job, to pay for his family he has no choice. Unwillingly he takes his smartphone to his daughter. His daughter helped him to understand the basic of Zoom, his hands often shake to go around the tabs, he often freezes trying to understand how this thing works but he has no choice.
The next day he goes to the market to buy a new whiteboard. The price of these small board soared up, but without these how can he take the class? He took the board in a rickshaw and came home. Placed the board in a chair and started practising the lesson. It was harder than he thought, staring at a camera and teaching but he has no choice.”
Although, Ajoy wrote this as a fictional story, this is an ugly truth of the world right now. Many times while surfing the internet, we come across these type of news. We can imagine that there might be many teachers out there, who must be facing these bullies and insults daily. But the demand of the situation has made them helpless, even if they don’t want, they have to take an online class to feed themselves and their family.
Our generation is lucky in one sense that, we born at the time of smartphones, we already knew the usage of this equipment. But our parents hardly know anything about smartphones. Many of us must have witnessed the confusion and problems faced by our parents when they first started using smartphones. They might have asked you several times about its usage etc. So, do you think, that it is easy for our middle-aged teachers to use freshly developed features? No, it is not. They are struggling hard to learn new things just to teach you.
Before concluding, I want to say that, while making any comment on teachers, one should keep in mind that, they are also a human being with emotions. Such dreadful activities might lead to unfortunate psychological disorders. Other than this we should give respect to them for their unrelenting support and the hardships they faced while making our career. We must also keep in mind that our teachers are exposed to the internet platform which is new for many of them, they invested their efforts to adapt, just in order to teach us. Don’t you think they deserve respect?