Teachers Day Speech & Essay

Teachers day is a day when the students celebrate and honour their teachers for all their selfless contributions and sacrifices for them. Lots of events and functions are held to honour the teachers and speeches are also orated about the teachers. Here below is a small essay which can also be used as a speech, about Teachers Day and the teacher’s contributions and the National Award for Teachers by the President of India.  Please make sure to edit and mend this speech or essay according to your preference and needs and then deliver it.

Teachers Day Speech & Essay

Teachers day is a national function, celebrated in India on the 5th of September. It is held on the 5th of September because on that day it is also the birthday of Dr S.Radhakrishnan, one of the former President of India. Dr Radhakrishnan was an ideal teacher and an outstanding scholar and so it was decided to celebrate his birthday as Teachers Day to honour the noble profession. Teachers day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions and sacrifices towards educating future generations.

The birth date of our 2nd President, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, has been used to celebrate teachers day since 1962. On this day usually teachers and students report to schools like just another day but the daily routine is replaced by celebration and activities related to honouring the teachers and to also show appreciation for them. The main idea of Teachers day is to draw the attention of society towards this profession of teaching. No other profession, either medical or legal, have a day meant to celebrate and honour the best among them. It has a unique honour awarded to the teaching profession in our country.

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The teachers are regarded as the backbone of the society and they build the future citizens of the country. They teach students carefully and sincerely and they love the students as their children. The teachers always inspire and encourage students to be good and great in life. They impart knowledge very diligently and they have thus made great sacrifices for society. On this day teachers are honoured by the different kinds of functions and programmes held to honour and celebrate them.

The Government of India also shows them respect by giving them different civilian awards. On Teachers Day, many teachers are selected from the primary, upper primary and secondary schools, oriental schools and colleges are invited by the President of India and honoured by giving a certificate of recognition along with some cash prize. The award given by the President is known as the National Award for Teachers, which is a great honour to the humble teachers. Selection for these awards is made on the basis of many considerations. A Teacher’s personal character and conduct, their professional competence, sociability, the results produced, the contributions made to the profession as a writer and as a researcher in education. Some other things which are also taken into consideration are the effort taken by a teacher to eradicate illiteracy, popularity in public and public support. The part the teacher also plays in extracurricular activities is also taken into account. So it is not very easy to get a National Award. Only Ideal and Worthy Teachers can get it.

Besides National Awards, State awards and awards by National foundation for teachers are also given out. In some districts, District level Awards are also given out to encourage ideal teachers, as giving an award is a good incentive.

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Of late the awards given by government have become mechanical and the original idea of involving the society at large, to recognise this noble profession is missing. Many functions are being arranged by teachers to honour their fellow teachers and the parent are also not showing expected interest. It was true, that a teacher enjoyed a place of honour after the mother and father and was only next to them in our ancient society. Many changes have taken place and the teacher is no longer a selfless guru. They are a paid employee just like another worker in an office or a factory. With this social concept, it is difficult to honour the teaches, but there are even now many teachers who are respected and loved for their selfless service, spotless character and unbiased love and affection they show to their students. All such teachers may not get awards but the social respect they command itself is much more valuable than an award. As S. Radhakrishnan had himself said, teaching is its own reward. The satisfaction it gives the teacher is not comparable. A good teacher is always remembered by their students no matter wherever they are.


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