Choosing to study commerce is a choice that a lot of students make as the advance towards the end of their higher secondary education. The discipline consists of several subjects including Accounting, Business Studies, Statistics, Economics and so on. Commerce teachers essentially introduce their students to these subjects and carry them through the simple and complex topics involved within these.
Talented teachers in India are always highly sought after. Today, commerce teachers have a number of opportunities for exposure laid before them. Once these opportunities are seized, several of the problems that surround teachers including that of unfair compensation can more or less be solved. However, it is important to ask where commerce teaches in India stand at this point in time. How was it being paid, and what is there demand in the highly competitive job market?
J. H. Williams, in his article ‘The Teaching of Commerce in Secondary Schools: The Need for Experiment and Discussion’ published in The Vocational Aspect of Secondary and Further Education, stresses on the difficulty of teaching commerce. He says that like history and geography, commerce is descriptive in nature; it lies outside the direct experience of a secondary school student.
Commerce may be defined as a study of trade and business activities. This includes the exchange of goods and services from a producer to a consumer. The subjects taught, be it economics, business studies or accountancy, all serve important purposes. Teachers aim to enable students to learn more about how the world works through the study of economics. The subject is focused on providing knowledge about the good and bad impacts of international trade, the effects of government policies on the economy and on employment, and the impact that decisions have on firms, industries and nations. Teaching business allows students to observe and analyze the tactics of firms and introduces them to corporate life. Accountancy helps a student understand the art of recording, classifying and summarizing in terms of money, transactions and events of a financial character as well as the interpretation of the results of these transactions.
Commerce is relatively new for students as the begin their higher secondary education in grade 11. A commerce teacher plays an important role in making sure that they are not intimidated by the subject. Instead, students should be able to appreciate and understand the root of the course.
There are numerous fellowships, scholarships, and grants offered for teachers at all levels in their career. For students who aspire to pursue postgraduate or doctoral degrees, scholarships such as the IIM Calcutta Fellow Program, Ranker Scholar Aptitude Test (RSAT) and CLP India Scholarship Scheme can provide superior educational opportunities within India. Additionally, the University Grants Commission (UGC) offers several post doctoral fellowships as well. Membership to the Commerce Teachers' Foundation and organizations of the like can provide a space for teachers to have intellectual discussion and share their thoughts and experiences.
Salaries for commerce teachers can extend from Rs.16,000 to Rs.50,000 per month depending on a wide variety of factors. These include experience, certifications, additional qualifications, syllabus that they teach, the place of work and so on. It could also very based on the status of the institution that they choose to work at.
Commerce is an up-and-coming field in India over the past decade. As a result, commerce teachers have also had a rise in the opportunities that they receive. Traditional and online tutors, online educators and examination coaches have all risen in demand, and in most cases are compensated fairly.
Like in all fields, good teacher, who is passionate and determined about using the best strategies to teach their subject, will always have a place in the educational arena. After grade 10, commerce is growing to become a very popular choice for students. And therefore, thecommerce teachers of today are the ones that shape the corporate workers of the world tomorrow.