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World Teachers’ Day

by Vijay Garg
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World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day, is celebrated annually worldwide on 05 October.
Significance of 05 October:
“Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers” was signed on 05 October 1966 by representatives of UNESCO and International Labour Organization in Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers held in Paris, France.
The first World Teachers’ Day was held on 05 October 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO /ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing rights and responsibilities of teachers on a global scale.
The 29th session of UNESCO’s General Conference occurred on 05 October 1997 and adopted the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel”.
World Teachers Day celebrates the efforts teachers make to education and development of people around the globe. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
World Teachers’ Day 2017:
World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.” It commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.
How many hours do teachers work?
According to the Teachers’ Union, secondary head teachers work an average of 63.3 hours per week. This is the longest of any teaching jobs.
Primary classroom teachers work an average of 59.3 hours and secondary school teachers work for 55.7 hours per week.
The reason for the increase in hours is because a lot of time is actually spent outside of the classroom for lesson plans, administrative tasks, meetings and of course marking.
Teachers often spend time working out of official hours after the school day has ended and before school has started.

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