Every October 5 is devoted to teachers across the world. In Nigeria it is an occasion that usually goes unnoticed.
It s a common refrain in the country that teachers’ rewards are in heaven. Perhaps it is why teachers are treated the way they are in Nigeria.
Newsroom.ng spoke to a group of teachers on what the world teachers day make them feel.
Some teachers know the children more than the parents:
According to the teacher we spoke to there is nothing more daunting than the task of composing insightful, original, and unique comments about every child in your class? The following positive statements will help you tailor your comments to specific children and highlight their strengths. You can also use our statements to indicate a need for improvement.
According to our teacher she mentioned how uncomfortable it is to teach inside classrooms that could collapse anytime, she touched on a number of other frustrations like classrooms with leaky roofs. She also addressed the political lashing teachers had received in the media, like the perception that they had cushy jobs.
Give them space:
Teachers are leaders. They are expected to run a classroom of squirrely children, convincing them that yes, they do have to stay seated and no, they may not use their pencils that way. Nigerian teachers need their space
Nigerian teachers are not treated with respect;by giving teachers new ways to reach more kids, you can remind them why they entered this field to begin with. Nigeria should consider investing in seminars presenting new education technologies for Nigerian teachers.
Teachers need to be respected. Teachers are professionals, too, Teachers want administrators to trust their experience, to give them more authority over their instruction.
Give them the tools to succeed:
Teachers want to find new ways to reach all different types of learners, They need materials that can appeal to tactile, auditory and visual learners, and time to evaluate and work with each child.
Pay them what they deserve:
Nigerian teachers reward should stop been piled in heaven, teachers want to be paid what they deserve — no more, no less.