As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate world teachers day, Stakeholders in the education sector have lamented the dwindling status of the Nigerian teacher which they claim is negatively impacting on the quality of teaching and learning.
October 5th of every year has been set aside to celebrate those in the teaching profession to whose credit we have professionals across all fields of endeavour.
Ironically these individuals who Nurture and academically groom the future leaders observers are the least respected in all ramifications. The World teachers Day has once again presented an opportunity to xraxy the challenges facing the Nigerian teacher.
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO] recommendations which was adopted in Oct 5th 1994, sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers.
It also spells out international standards for initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning condition as guidelines to promote teachers status, in the interest of learning.
Unfortunately the guidelines have done nothing to improve the status of the teacher.
The theme of this year’s celebration is Valuing teachers, improving their status.
Observers are of the opinion that government should pay more attention to training and retraining of teachers, improvement of their welfare and the provision of conducive teaching and learning environment, to improve the status of Nigerian teachers and upgrade the standard of education in country.