It was Day-1 of the new Session in the School. Maya was quite excited to meet new students. She picked up the Pen, Chalk, Duster and Attendance Register, and swiftly moved towards the assigned room number. The classroom was exuberant with fresh energy. This further raised her enthusiasm. After light interaction, Maya gave a rough outline of the topics which would be discussed during the year. Her voice exuded knowledge with happiness. Students loved attending her class and Maya was glad to have an interested and attentive bunch of students. Everyone looked forward to meet the next day.
Alarm beeped loud. Maya got up startled.
What time is it? Her head was heavy and nose, stuffy. Right then, ceaseless coughing began.
What is it? I was well last time I remember. Oh, I have a class at ten.
She jumped out of the bed and rushed to the bathroom. Something was not right!
Maya reached the School on time but her energy was not the usual. She could feel it. The moment she entered the class room, and started writing on black-board, a sneezing attack got hold of her. somehow, she composed herself, and then coughing started. Her head was revolving!
Thinking she might have caught bad cold, Maya excused herself from the class. But it wasn’t the only time; soon it was a regular thing for her. It became impossible to give a lecture like others do! Not knowing what to do, she decided to take an anti-sneezing tablet every day before taking the classes. But… for how long? It was just the beginning of her teaching career!
Is it really happening? Is she suffering from some sort of Allergy? Is this sneezing and coughing due to the dust of her very teaching tool, the chalk?
Do you know Chalk is still used predominantly while teaching? Do you know how adversely the inhalation of chalk dust can affect the health of a teacher?
Or is it just ‘the teaching job is the easiest of all’ Phrase that you know?