For the last couple of years educators have devoted a great deal of energy to the debate over whether teaching can be considered a profession. The used of the term “educational worker” rather than “professional” that refers to a teacher during the First Conference for Educational Workers Union in Hongkong in 1982 implies that there was a confusion on the status of teaching in a society.
One must understand that teachers are more than workers. They are also members of a profession. Their occupation renders definite and essential services to society (Dr. Cho-Yee To, 1982). Their business to help students to achieve higher standards of knowledge, ability, skills and moral character is of great value to others, not only in particular time, but also in the future. The amazing products of teaching which is the transformation of the minds and characters of the young is more than enough to make the profession comparable with the other learned professions, such as medicine, law, engineering, architecture and business.
Thus, if medicine, law, engineering or business is considered as a profession based on its contribution to the society then, it would be an unacceptable act to exclude teaching in the list among other professions.