By Elizabeth Uwandu
As the world marks International Tachers Day, commemorated on October 5, teachers’ in Nigeria have called for improvement on the noble profession.
The 2019 World Teachers’ Day themed, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” according to the United Nations Education, Scientifc and Cultural organisation, UNESCO, provided an avenue to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.
Our reporter therefore sought the views of teachers in Nigeria to know what they wished could be addressed in the education sector.
” For me, I would like the curriculum to be more holistic, assessment policies need critical review to meet the demands of the 21st century; teacher training colleges should be linked to the 21st century with exchange programmes linked globally to enrich and up skill teachers pedagogy. “:Mrs Anike Adegoke, a Nigerian born teacher in Diaspora stated.
On his part, Mr Clifford Otuoraha, also a teacher, added that, “Our educational system needs complete overhauling. There is need for school owners to respect teachers and teaching profession as a whole. It is appalling how teachers are treated both in the private and public sectors. ”
Mr Christan Okwori, a lover of education and an Engineer corroborated with Otuoraha call for higher welfare package for teachers, ” “There has to be psychological relationship between teachers and students; enhanced welfare for teachers ; and an higher dignity for teachers. When these are done, the teaching profession will be modified. ” He said.
Aside the above, Osita Okwuosah, an educationist is calling for increase in teachers’ salary and also increase budgetary allocation for education by the federal government. ” We should be talking of stomach infrastructure. I mean, increase in the salary of teachers. We need energy before we can carry out all the principles, corrections, inspiration and changes.
“Again, the government should allocate at least 10 percent of the budget to education.” Okwuosa explained.