Universally, it is an established fact that knowledge is power. In addition the greatest legacy we owe our children is quality education. This, every responsive and responsible parent struggles to provide. A sure path to success and development is education but, unfortunately in Africa, the givers of this highly important ingredient have little or no place in the society. How fair and what a shame?
The teacher is an epitome of knowledge and a selfless servant who combines the functions of several professions in her enlarged single profession. These different functions she wholeheartedly plays effectively with no consideration to the meager wage she gets in return. The simple truth is that the society has no recognition for the teachers at any level or forum.
The most painful aspect is that the teacher, who is the manufacturer and the character builder of other human products is neither respected nor regarded by many of those she suffered to form. Many parents even as they know that teachers are very important in the process of training the child, still look down on the teacher who is being described as mere. Some students see teachers as enemies because they are not given freedom to have their own ways. Yet every teacher’s act is in the interest of the students unknown to them. So if those who are the direct beneficiaries have no value for their builders who else will?
On the contrary, an insignificant proportion acknowledges the immense contributions of teachers but might not be in the position to reward them. Sincerely speaking, teachers deserve better treatment than what we have today. Although no amount of money can be commensurate to the stressful, selfless, hazardous service rendered by teachers, they deserve a handsome package of various allowances and good conditions of service. They deserve a special salary scale and enhanced reputation.
The one million naira question is “Who is the long awaited Messiah to change the status of teachers in Africa? Regime after regime the story is the same. What a sad situation? There is no individual in any position of authority who did not pass through the tutorials of teachers, Yet they forget the teachers as soon as they leave school and ascend the throne. They simply become comfortable with today and completely erase yesterday from history.
The teachers’ status is food for thought for all those in positions of authority as I urge them to compare their present status as a result of the teachers’impart to where they would have been without the acquisition of formal education.
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