Students from various schools across the state that TOI spoke to said they were sad that there won’t be any “usual events” this time, but added that they were ready to do their best to give it back to teachers virtually .
Students from different schools rehearse songs, dance performances and creative arts for teachers through social networking platforms. While there is a lack of physical coordination, students said they would make sure they are in constant contact with their peers to make sure they are all at their best.
The teachers said this year’s Teacher-This was “extraordinary”.
“This year is exceptional due to the ongoing pandemic and nothing can be done as educational institutions are closed and we are all under“ stay home, stay safe ”. I look forward to how the students will celebrate online. All of this will be a completely new experience for all of us. We really miss students and especially the warmth they convey every year with their enthusiasm and zeal, ”said Sarmistha Chakraborty, social science teacher at Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Barsajai.
She hoped the enthusiasm would be reflected in the students’ efforts. “We believe there will be a lot of innovation and whatever they do we will enjoy it to the fullest,” said Chakraborty.
In some city schools, the celebrations take place virtually. “I will give a cultural speech in video mode using the virtual platform. Maybe we have a live program through Zoom to express our thanks to the teachers. Some like to put on musical and cultural performances, ”said Maithili Goswami, an XI student at South Point School in Guwahati. Fearing the virus threat, she said they could not send gifts to the teachers who may not be comfortable when they receive the packages.
In order to avoid mass gatherings, the state Ministry of Education has already decided to celebrate this year’s Teachers’ Day on a virtual platform, with the aspect of “Augmented Reality” being emphasized. The State Ministry of Education has decided to prepare a souvenir in the form of an e-magazine and to print limited copies.
In the Kamrup district, an e-magazine “e-Kamrupika” will be published on September 5th, which will present the scientists’ writing on the online platform. “Despite the threat of Covid-19, we will award 18 teachers from the Kamrup district for their services. Keeping the health protocols, we would watch the day and acknowledge the teachers’ contributions, ”said Apurba Thakuria, Kamrup District Primary School Commissioner.