This is a great article reminding us of our teachers who were not only guides and endless stores of knowledge but also role models even in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). They were a different breed. Nationalisation of schools, centralised recruitment and its politicisation have opened the doors of corruption leading favouritism at the cost of merit and aptitude. Now even evaluation of examination of scripts is manipulated by the political bosses who control the centralised system and in turn, this has eroded the respect the teachers once used to command. There are unions which are not strong enough to stand up against neutralisation of the profession.