Happy Teacher’s Day


Life is interesting.  Even as a teacher in a private school. 

A few weeks back a young man came to my residence.  He bent down as if to touch my feet. I understood that he was one of my old students though I confessed that I couldn’t recall his name.  He introduced himself.

“I want a letter of reference,” he said.  “I’m going abroad for higher studies.”

I drafted a letter on my laptop and showed it to him. 

“Sir, with this letter I can get admission in any foreign university.  Thank you so much.”

My ego was bloated.  Could I do so much for a student whom I couldn’t even recall at first sight?

“Sir,” he deflated my ego sooner than I could have imagined.  “Can you make a change in the letter?”

“Tell me,” I said.

“Can you change your name and write the principal’s name…”

“Yeah, I can do that,” I said hiding my sulk.  “But how will that help you?”

I had written umpteen reference letters in my own name and this was the first time I was faced with this situation.

“Sir, I have brought a letterhead of the principal.  You just have to change the name and give me a print of the letter.  I will get the necessary signature and seal… Today is Sunday, you see.  The office is closed.  Only you can help me with the print…”

I helped him.

And I learnt one more lesson about being a good teacher in a residential school.

HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY to all teachers [belated, I confess].



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12 Responses to Happy Teacher’s Day

  1. saru singhal says:

    It’s nice to know that even teachers learn lesson from students. Belated Happy Teachers Day:)

  2. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    As you bend your back, make sure it does not snap!

    Raghuram Ekambaram

  3. Aditi says:

    A bloggable experience, no doubt.:) Showcases how shrewd the youth have become to identify the goodness of the person(s) they wish to exploit.This also had a very typical ‘Delhi’ feel…

    • matheikal says:

      Aditi, I’ll be doing an injustice to the student community if I don’t state explicitly that experiences of the sort mentioned in the blog are exceptions rather than the rule. I have a wonderful lot of past students who keep in touch with me in a genuine spirit of friendship and attachment.

      • Aditi says:

        Matheikal, another possibility struck my suspicious mind. The student knew your command over the language and helpful nature and cleverly used your services using your leisure time on a holiday for getting a good recommendation for himself.

        But if the student could ‘procure’ a copy of the letter- head of the Principal, what stopped him from coaxing/bribing(?)the office clerk from getting it stamped as well and simply forging a signature thereafter? If he did that , unknowingly you would have become an accomplice in forgery. In future please do not be so gullible, :).

      • matheikal says:

        You are right, Aditi. But in my school system, I think, things are not so bad. He must have got the letterhead through the proper channel. Similar things do happen sometimes.

  4. Satin says:

    A little confused that since you are not the principal, why you could sign his name? If the principal know this, he will allow to do this?

  5. Jose D.Maliekal says:

    Life is always a good teacher, and perhaps, a better one. Belated Happy Onam to both of you.

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