Amid the celebration, however, many people expressed concerns about the welfare of teachers in the country. While some noted that their contributions were not truly valued, others stressed that they were underpaid and owed salaries with many of them living in penury.
October 5 was proclaimed the World Teachers’ Day by UNESCO in 1994.
The organisation explains that it celebrates the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966, when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris adopted the UNESCO/International Labour Organisation recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
UNESCO, which is marking the day with a special event in Paris, has called on people all over the world to celebrate the day “by generating awareness about teacher issues, by ensuring that teacher respect is part of the natural order of things”.