Teaching, according to the internet, is the process of inculcating moral values, abilities, skills by an experienced person to an inexperienced person in order to ensure positive change in behavior useful in developing oneself and the society. Being a teacher can be a very exciting job. Sharing your knowledge, guiding students through life by telling
Teaching, according to the internet, is the process of inculcating moral values, abilities, skills by an experienced person to an inexperienced person in order to ensure positive change in behavior useful in developing oneself and the society.
Being a teacher can be a very exciting job. Sharing your knowledge, guiding students through life by telling them your experiences, and advising them on life. It warms your heart when you see them improve, become better versions of themselves and succeed in life. However, this is only applicable to 20% of teachers in Nigeria.
Teaching, like other professions, is very hard if not harder. Trying your best to mold the future of your nation in form of your class is very tasking to your mind, especially if you are dealing with very low pay and family problems. It’s hard to put your best efforts and be excited if your efforts are not appreciated.
With a declining nation like ours, you would think that much attention would be paid to paving a better future for the current and future generation with better resources and policies. But what do we see, a bunch of ignorant people running our country, fully blinded by greed and corruption.
A demonstration of this is the meager amount of funds allocated to education in this year’s national budget. For the country that has the highest population of kids out of school in the whole world, the allocation of personnel funds is higher than that of education in the national budget against the advice of UNESCO. The government is that controlled by personal profits.
Not long ago, lots of teachers and lecturers went on a national strike because of minimum wage. The presidency has signed a bill to increase it to 30,000 naira. The issue of going on strikes have become an almost yearly event. It has happened consecutively for the last 2 years, disrupting the academic calendar and extending the amount of credit hours for taking a degree.
With this kind of statistics, how can teaching as a profession flourish?
The standards of educations are so low that most teachers nowadays do not even have a degree in education. They are just the product of the unbalance and failure of the work industry, trying their best to survive and make ends meet. This is more pronounced in low cost schools.
Teachers also have very low standing in society. They don’t have very good reputations, have low salaries and a limited future. If you asked the current generation of primary and secondary school students if they want to pursue a teaching career, less than three percent will answer in affirmative. This is because of the bad reputation of teachers and the fact that they are perceived as poor and are basically underpaid. This is despite the fact that teachers are needed for the other professions they chose to go into.
Speaking of underpaid, this is the major issue of teachers in Nigeria. The salaries they are given are not enough for them talk more of their families. They are not given enough funds and this generally affects their work performance.
Teaching in Nigeria has been on a decline in recent years and is still on decline. Nothing has been done to stop that this and it won’t be long before we regret the decision to do nothing. With the problems stated here, the solutions are much obvious
If we do not do our best to remedy the problems of teaching in Nigeria, then education will never progress and our futures will remain dim.
Compiled by Etopaul Ayodele.