The societal look on the teachers today, especially in this millennium of the 21st century, is projecting much concern in Nigerian society.
If we take much research on how teachers are being exploited by the so-called private schools which I categorically called much-room schools and their proprietors/proprietress, we'll discover that there is need for sanitation in the education industry. Often wonder when I see an individual teacher collecting a salary lesser than works saddled with.
A teacher that is paid token or stipend as a monthly salary in exchange for a much exhausted sweat on a daily basis in a classroom. Some of these teachers are qualified but yet no defence, no Private Teachers' Union or Association under which they hide themselves; which can negotiate with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools. Which can present their case to the National Assembly for a critical look.
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I believe when there is a powerful and influencial union who can defend the interests of these teachers, there will be a change in an ideal political-economic environment that is clamouring for a change in every facet of the Nigerian economy. In addition, government no longer respect 'education as a viable industry' whose existence calls for national dvelopment.
I always wonder why government has not been able to provide facilities that facilitate enviable education for teachers and students, that improve learning of the students; that'll assist in keeping students abreast of vital educational information, etc.
Most public schools are not ICT based, teachers are not given up-to-date information through seminars or conference. Most teachers are not computer literates. I always believe government can do all these if taken seriously. Government can equip our schools, full of ICT where things will be easy and be at ease; where salaries can be paid without long waiting or expectation.
In conclusion, when all these are put in place, the so-called marauding Proprietors and Proprietress would not be exploiting their teachers in order to maximising their own profits, even teachers would not bother to look for private schools' job. GOD BLESS NIGERIA...
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