Unsung Heroes of Education `
Teachers are known to be in the school for teaching jobs during school days. Unknowingly, some are not. Some of them are designated to do different functions which ordinary teachers don’t usually do. A teacher, a mentor and a school head. They are the Teachers-In-Charge or TIC. They teach, prepare lesson plans and other activities expected from a teacher. They lead in the implementation of educational programs/projects and services; they mentor there co-teachers; they prepare, consolidate and submit school reports; they attend meetings and other seminars just like school heads and other functions that may be assigned to them by duly constituted authorities without additional compensation, remuneration or other monetary considerations.
Teachers-In-Charge could be Teacher I, II or III or a master teachers who are given the opportunity to manage certain schools in the absence of head teachers or principals. They are often assigned to small schools particularly in far flung areas where usually classes are being combined and handled by a teacher.
Carrying the name TIC seems to be just easy, ordinary and unnoticed. Looking closely, in order that they could attend to their meetings or seminars, they had to leave their class to their co-teachers handling combination. The co-teacher will then combine the class with their combination classes. Or in some cases, they had to dismiss the class and ask them to do school activities at home just not to escape their lessons for the day.
While in school, teachers-in-charge sometimes give the pupils seat works in order to accomplish school reports being asked from them to submit. They also find time to prepare lesson plans and instructional materials for the next-day activity.
The role of teacher-in-charge is really critical and challenging in any way, for the improvement and success of their school lies in their hands. They need to try hard and find ways on their own to make it successful or at least develop.
Somehow these experiences don’t just serve as training ground for them to become a potential school head someday. It also leaves a positive legacy to their co-teachers, pupils and parents.