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Teaching: An Unappreciated Profession by Ishowo Malik Ayomide

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Teaching: An Unappreciated Profession by Ishowo Malik Ayomide

By: Ishowo Malik Ayomide 08165511716

First and foremost, teaching ought to be one of the professions that attract respect and handsome rewards, but unluckily in Nigeria, the opposite is the case. However, it has actually been a war of subjugation which has some historical perspectives especially in the African society at large. Moreover, our eardrums are filled with negative reports about teachers, right from the Nur/Primary schools to the tertiary institutions where teachers take peanut home at the end of each month as their wages.

However, as I’m also speaking, I’m a teacher based in Kwara state. Though, Im still in the University, a 200L student though, but Im currently teaching due to the ASUU strike that paralysed activities in public universities for over eight months.

Its evident that gone were those sweet days when pupils, students and even the Undergraduates at tertiary institutions regarded their tutors and lecturers as semigods. Then, just a mere mention of one teachers name would send shivers down one’s spine. Teachers unaware of the unforseen circumstances, felt on the top of the world with the little they earned then.

These days, teachers have been so much calumniated that some students even have the effrontery of beating them up. Reasons adduced for this despicable treatment are sometimes or even most times unreasonable. Some rascally students may beat up a teacher because they fail his/her subject or course abysmally. This however is totally hard and difficult to believe, but unfortunately it happens. For an example, a student who fails to prepare for an examination, who is a truant, who rarely does assignments, but expect great or good grades in an exam is a cheat. And when transferring his anger to the teacher, it to say the least, absurd and ludicrous to the hearing.

An intelligent and hardworking student hardly have time to think of beating up a lecturer or even a teacher. However, teachers are also to be blamed for the society’s woes. Most often, the bucks stop at their table for the miscreant youth we have in our beautiful society. But if the truth must be told, not all teacher are irresponsible as they would want us to believe. Many people do forget that charity begins at home. Students have few hours to spend with the teachers at school daily, but they spend more time with the parents or guardians at home.

In this rat race society, its evident that parents dont have much time for their children, but we however blame the teachers which is not right. What people dont understand is that if teachers are irresponsible and so many parents are responsible, then the society would have been better than how it is at moment. Everybody is anxious to make money, and the vacuum it has created is manifesting in our midst as of today.

While many civil servants including my dear parents are rejoicing and enjoying the booties from the minimum wage introduced by the government at one time or the other, unfortunately, many teachers are kept on the fringe; So sad!!! Even when they are remembered, getting back the booties becomes problematic due to lack of political will by our leaders.

By: Ishowo Malik Ayomide 08165511716

ISHOWO is a student, learner, political and media enthusiast and a writer based in Ilorin, Kwara State.

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