THE teachers community across the country, ranging from the workforce employed in primary schools to the centres of higher education, cannot be faulted for thinking that they have been ignored by the state. The trend of rewarding bright students with scholarships and backing them up with financial help to support their studies has, no doubt, become a redeeming feature of our educational edifice. Yet, unfortunately, the teachers and professors, whose efforts are crucial to their attainments, do not receive due attention. Their salaries remain dreadfully low and despite a raise by the present dispensation, continue to trail far behind the inflationary cycle. It would be a folly to expect them to stay committed to their profession since all the time they would be concerned about their survival and making ends meet. It is quite sad to know that almost everyone in the field one comes across, rather than devoting time to literary activities like research work, is doing double-shifts; one in the morning and the second one at academies. Thus their entire day revolves around the struggle to survive, rather than spreading knowledge to prepare the youth for the future. It bears pointing out that in Punjab, Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has been trying to improve the quality of education. However, the approach has been student-centric. The catch is pretty obvious: while the students are being rightly encouraged for showing outstanding performance, this approach would run out of steam in the long run. To ensure success, the status of the teachers, who are the backbone of academia, would have to be elevated simultaneously. The profession should be so rewarding that it attracts the best brains of the country. The country needs qualified and motivated teachers so that our students do not have to turn to Western universities for education. It would be in the fitness of things to compensate them with a salary structure good enough to keep them above the poverty line.