Globalization and technology have spurred the birth and growth of so many brilliant new professions in Nigeria, a couple of old ones have become “Hot cakes” over the years and some others have gradually become obsolete.
In the midst of all these evolution, one profession gives me great concern. One of the noblest and oldest professions in the world, TEACHING still carries some kind of stigma in Nigeria. Graduates will rather remain unemployed than take up a teaching job, children dream to be doctors, lawyers, engineers and lots more, but never TEACHERS. Parents won’t consent to their children marrying a COMMON TEACHER, and even the TEACHERS try to polish their job titles for fear of being relegated.
Hmmm…. It is quite disheartening that those who should receive the most honour for making world leaders are stigmatised in our great country. Think about this for a minute, what would the world have been now without teachers???? There would be no developed nations without teachers who transferred the knowledge to students who grew up to be top innovators. I know the society and government contribute largely to the relegation of these wonderful professionals called TEACHERS, which kills their self-esteem and morale, but they have a role to play in all these as well. How?
Students’ comments: WHY I DISLIKE TEACHERS
- My arts teacher always smells like fish. I mean, Always!
- I have never admired the dressing of any teacher all my life.
- My English teacher can’t even speak good English.
- Teachers are poor.
- My teacher eats my lunch, especially when I bring fried plantain & eggs.
These are some of the “nicest” comments we got from children we interviewed. They might be funny, but you’ll find some truth between the lines.
- Always appreciate, honour and encourage teachers people…..
- Government and private schools, please HIRE qualified teachers and always TRAIN them; teachers can’t give what they don’t have.
- If you want to be a teacher, be a good one.
- Stop dressing like a “teacher”, shabby is not modesty.
- Get a degree, it increases your knowledge and value as a teacher.
- Schools and government, please pay teachers salaries reasonable enough to sustain themselves; they have families too.
Teacher, in this profession, PACKAGING is key, but the CONTENT of the package is most important.
By Adaobi Okudoh Olasunmade