Saturday, April 19, 2014

Though I was not trained to be a teacher, by Julius Akinlabi


Julius Akinlabi

The Teachers’ Registration Council should scrutinize their registered teachers well and fish out those that are not fit to be called teachers.

Despite the fact that I was not trained to be a teacher, yet I was posted to one secondary school in one local government in Nassarawa State.

For the record, I studied engineering. So what on earth should I be doing in a village classroom, shouting at the top of my voice, in order to pass a message across to some students? I would rather love to have my hands and face socked with oil, than being stained all over by chalk.

Initially, I was not happy with this posting (especially, when those, that are supposed to be in classroom, were being posted to ‘juicy’ places). However, I developed interest in the noble profession of impacting knowledge to those seeking for it. I was engrossed into it that I loved spending the whole day in the classroom, teaching mathematics.

This has been the case with majority of the corps members that have served or are still serving in various schools. No corps member wants to serve as a teacher. We all want to be posted to places that go in line with our areas of our discipline, just like the medical doctors. But, along the line, we all fall in love with what we are doing.

Saying the posting of corps members to schools has caused the high failure in the performances of the student in examinations is out of order. Pointing accusing fingers to corps members as the problem in the educational sector should be condemned. Rather the Teachers’ Council should look inwards and accept the responsibilities for most of the part of the decadence in the education sector. Many of the so called teachers are not meant to be students, let alone being called teachers.

Majority of the teachers are now too big to stand for just a period of forty-five minutes to teach a class. Rather, they take pleasure in passing time together under trees, discussing virtually anything discussable. They are good in analyzing situations like government policies, politics, football, even marital issues. If you are a programme presenter and you need some panelists on your programme, make time to visit schools, our teachers are the best panelist you can have.

Most of teachers have inculcated the habit of sending notes to class. While, they are busy thrashing issues under the mango trees, the class captain will be busy writing notes on board for his classmates. The teachers will not even bother to cross-check whether what has been written is correct. When has note taking synonymous to teaching. This is what most teachers do in most of our secondary schools.

Different unethical activities are perpetrated by our teachers. The male folks are having ‘unholy affairs’ with the female students. Their female counterparts have turned the school to their business premises. It has been the effort of the corps members posted to schools that has been sustaining the system. The nonchalant attitude of the teachers should be properly addressed. If not so, the high failure rate will continue to increase.

However, for experimental purpose, the posting of corps members to schools should be stopped. Maybe, this can lead to the re-awakening to duties, on the part of the teachers. I think indulgence is part of what is causing the decadence too. The absence of corps members to occupy classes will make them to stand up to their duties. The Teachers’ Registration Council should scrutinize their registered teachers well and fish out those that are not fit to be called teachers.

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