English Teachers across India have revolutionized the way in which the younger generations understand and interact with the world. Today, with the world establishing connections at such an impeccable rate, proper English language education has become one of the most important aspects that define a developed nation. Although in India there has been considerable improvement in this field, it is important to ask how far language education has come. What is it that drives English teachers? What are the benefits and opportunities that they get?
English is one among the twenty-two official languages as well as the second most spoken language in India. Needless to say, this makes it a highly significant medium of communication. As the lingua franca of the world, English teachers facilitate their students to establish global connections. Needless to say, India has made considerable progress in teaching this subject. Right from the days of the colonial rule, English has been considered the mark of a educated and worldly individual. Over time, this has evolved into a necessary mark of an intellectual in the country.
Compared to several decades prior, English teachers have risen to prominence. The language is considered a necessary subject in many Indian syllabuses. As a result, English teachers have also been encouraged to evolve over time.
As an every other field, expectations from parents and the community have risen and teachers are expected to deliver. As a result, English teachers are required to revise and update their knowledge on the subject on a regular basis.
In this day and age, English teachers are given more opportunities than ever before. There are many scholarships that help them gain work experience in countries with native English speakers. This will, in turn, help them provide better education and more accurate knowledge for their students in India. An example is the A.S.Hornby Educational Trust scholarships that are awarded every year to English language teachers from outside the UK to study for Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.
Teachers, irrespective of their field of specialization, are notoriously underpaid in India. Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most noble professions in the world but very few opt to move into this profession due to the unwarranted salaries.
Unaided school teachers teach at a salary as low as mere ₹2,500 across many institutions across India. The problem is that do you to this current state of affairs, students are forced to compromise on the quality of their education. In fact, many talented teachers who have a passion for the profession often withdraw only because of the poor pay.
Teaching is career that requires lots of energy and dedication, and naturally, it demands equal compensation in return. Depending on the qualifications and experience of an English teacher, salaries can range from ₹5,000 to ₹25,000. This, admittedly, is not an apt compensation for a job that builds the foundation for the future.
According to an article published in the Economic Times on September 4, 2019, “Growth in searches for teacher jobs has been the highest in 2018-19 witnessing a 40 per cent increase.” This increase in searches could allude to a higher demand in teaching roles. The new age is full of technological advancement and as a result, several new roles such as online tutors and e-educators have grown to become prominent professions.
The article also mentioned that while the average annual salary for a teacher in India is between ₹2,19,804 and ₹5,88,000 per annum, that of an online tutor could be between ₹4,80,000 and ₹9,25,000 per annum.
Nonetheless, the demand for a passionate, resilient and intellectual teacher is unending. English teachers are the gateway to a brighter future. In the words of Gandhi, “English is a language of international commerce, it is the language of diplomacy and it contains many a rich literary treasures,” and its teachers deserve to be cherished and appreciated for their continuous efforts.