Federal and State Governments have been asked to shore up the image of the teaching profession in the country to attract more vibrant and intelligent individuals into the profession.
The Head, Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Prof. Taiwo Edun gave the advice while delivering a lecture at the 2019 World Teachers Day celebration in Lagos.
With a lecture entitled, “Making the Teaching Profession Attractive to Nigerian Youths: Issues and Challenges” Prof. Edun delved into various challenges confronting the teaching profession in Nigeria and how best to tackle them.
He said that the problem of not having the right people and committed teachers in the profession starts from the teacher training institutions when some people decided to opt for teacher training courses because they had no other choice.
He stressed that it was unfortunate that the number of candidates indicating interests to study education courses in higher institutions was dwindling by the day because of the poor attitude of the society to the teaching profession.
Prof. Edun said that governments needed to improve on the poor remuneration and general welfare for teachers in the country if Young and vibrant individuals would be attracted to teaching as indicated in the theme for this years’ World Teachers’ Day celebration, that is “Young Teachers, The Future of the Profession”.
The Don also called on state and federal governments to increase budgetary allocation to education in their domains to improve on the infrastructural development of the nation’s education sector.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Afolasade Adefisayo assured the teachers that the Lagos State government would increase on state’s budgetary allocation from next year to improve on a lot of education in the state.
The Lagos State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Otunba Adedoyin Adeshina called on the state government to attend to the problem of overcrowded classrooms which had posed a serious challenge to effective teaching in the classroom.
He said that having up to One hundred and eighty students in a classroom did not encourage effective teaching.
Otunba Adeshina however, called on governments, Lagos state government, in particular, to build more classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of children willing to acquire education in public schools.
The Chairman, NUT Lagos State, also appealed to the Lagos State government to attend to the issue of shortage of teachers in the public schools as more teaching staff were retiring in the system by the day leaving so much gap in the system.
The highlights of the event were cutting of a celebration cake and match past by the teachers.