Saturday, 4 June 2016

MORE TEACHERS NEEDED IN LAGOS AMIDST A DEVALUED SYSTEM OF EDUCATION...

Recently, The Lagos Wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers says 16,000 teachers are needed to adequately cater for government-owned primary and secondary schools in the state. It further stated that lack of teachers is now becoming a major issue within the system as thousands of teachers have retired from June 2015 to date....Well, basically, they have to retire if their years of service is up and is the system even cool enough for new comers to chill and be proud of being called a teacher?

Is our educational system getting better or worse...? Is it really about more teachers...? Is an average teen even still interested in this thing called education, defined by a classroom wall...?  There are several questions to be asked and my article is not the first relating to the subject of education in Nigeria and certainly, will not be the last. It's tiring to be discussing about this matter in the 21st century where nations are feeding on the brilliant output from their educational system. Nigerian on the other hand is dishing out its product to other people for use...and now, they require more teachers for a system that needs to be dusted, cleaned up and reestablished.

There are concerns about the teacher student ratio but I believe employing more teachers isn't the first point of call to this menace because not all teachers are even employable...what we have today are not teachers, rather, workers who simply want to meet their needs via a vacuum that is a monthly pay...I know who a teacher is when my mum was working with the Teaching service commission in Lagos, I was proud to have her as a parent who was a teacher...She understands the job because she knows about the guidance, tutoring and counselling involved to be a teacher...the days of Lesson notes and all that...It was super but I doubt if employing more teachers will help.

Yes, there are passionate youths out there who can impact into other people but not on a platform of dealing with children...It is easy to gather people in a room and motivate them but It is not easy to teach little ones who are just starting life...a teacher has a more greater work to do in supporting the morale of the parents in adding value to their child because the child spends most of the day at school...and It is important to employ more from those who go through education itself as a course of study, they must have gone through teaching practice and all that but above all, I am not in support of employing but clean up the system because the true development of a nation solely depends on its educational system...