Monday, 17 December 2012

What are teachers doing in Belarus?

Do you think that the Belarusian teachers teach children? No. To be honest, not only  teach. 

Last week, teachers from a nearby school in heavy snow left on the street to paint the fence. Workers were painting the fence, right? But you have to pay money to the workers. This was done by the teacher. Without money. And that's not all: the fence had to be cleaned of snow, wipe, dry and paint.

We felt sorry for colleagues. We did not know what the next day will be in a similar position. We had to go through the streets of the village and find out:
1. how many fences in the village must be painted.
2. how much light there is in the country and how much foraney works.
3. How many people live in your home and how many of them need help (such as chop wood, bring water). 

But this is not a job of a teacher. My job is to teach children, is not it? But bosses think otherwise. They demanded in 2 days again through the streets of the village and take a camera. We had to give the boss pictures (because the boss did not believe us. He said that we will not go). I'm went to the homes and left a note at the gate of the fence (the note said that the owners have to paint the fence and clear the snow from the street). I was knee-deep in snow, I'm frozen. I took a lot of pictures, and  we sent them to the boss.

After two days boss said that teachers should take tape measure and measure how many fences in the village have painted, how many fences are needed to change. Once again, it is necessary to do a lot of photos. Just imagine: delicate young woman should measure the fences!!!

Teacher in Belarus is being powerless. Many people dismissed from school. But if all the teachers are gone, who will teach the children?

Maybe I a masochist, but I love children. And I'll stay.

Postscript: Recently, President of Belarus signed Decree No. 9. Now people can not quit work. The company concludes a contract with an employee for a maximum period and after this contracts are renegotiated over a maximum period again.And again. And again.
However, this decree applies only to the woodworking industry. But who knows what will change in the future?

5 comments:

  1. this is really unfortunate....teachers built the future generations on whom the future of the country depends,so these type of work should be left for other people atleast not for teachers

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  2. I can tell by the pictures that your students are really fortunate to have you as their teacher. Please know that many people appreciate your work.

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  3. Hi Migalayte

    I am about to embark in a National Network of Teching English, using an International methodology that accelerates learning.

    I would be interested in discussing more the Project as this is an opportunity to positively move Education on, using a radical approach.

    inbox me bruce@onlinevocationalexcellence.com

    Your experience in teaching and learning and continued passion for it is what I'm interested in.

    Best

    Bruce

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  4. Hi Migalayte

    I am about to embark in a National Network of Teching English, using an International methodology that accelerates learning.

    I would be interested in discussing more the Project as this is an opportunity to positively move Education on, using a radical approach.

    inbox me bruce@onlinevocationalexcellence.com

    Your experience in teaching and learning and continued passion for it is what I'm interested in.

    Best

    Bruce

    ReplyDelete