Government at all levels and owners of private schools in Nigeria have been advised to place more priority on welfare of Teachers, in order to boost their interest, restore dignity and prestige, which they enjoyed in the past.
This advice was given on Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 by the Director General / Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye in a paper presented at the 2016 World Teachers’ Day celebration held in Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo.
Speaking on the theme: “The Teacher as a Professional in Time Perspective,” and making strong case for teachers to be treated well in the society, Prof. Ajiboye said his position is premised on the fact that in spite of the effect of the current economic challenges in the country, “the teacher is the only enduring element in human race, that plays significant roles in everybody’s life.”
He said teachers besides serving as instrument of socialization and medium of transmission of information from one generation to another, also play, significant role in maintenance of order, regimentation conformity and continuity in the society.
While also speaking on the sub-topic, “Valuing teachers and improving their Status, the TRCN boss stressed the need for them to be equipped, and motivated adequately by Public and private employers of labour, saying the move would enable them to impact the right knowledge and skills to the students.
He identified globalization as one of the greatest challenges facing teachers in the 21st century, adding that what is needed by them to overcome this is by embracing technological advancement.
The former Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Ibadan chapter, warned on the dangers of sitting on the fence by teachers in the acquisition of knowledge on Information Computer Technology, (ICT) saying “teachers without the knowledge of ICT, will be phased out of the system, by those who are technologically equipped.”
He further emphasized the need for encouragement of teachers by government through introduction to digitalisation, stating that the digital age, if properly harnessed, will make them globally competitive, improve their efficiency and expose them to necessary skills, that would enable them manage modern competitive enterprises and sophisticated technologies.
On efforts being made by the Federal Government at checkmating quackery and restoring teachers professionalism, the TRCN DG/CEO said the enactment of the Teachers Registration Act of 2004 and the establishment of TRCN through which no fewer than one million, five hundred thousand, (1,500,000) members have been registered, was targeted at addressing the problem.
While urging teachers to live above board in the discharge of their duties, Prof. Ajiboye said the TRCN Act was enacted to match teacher quality, discipline, professionalism, reward and dignity with international standard.
In a speech delivered on the occasion by the Deputy Provost of the College Dr. Samuel Akintunde who spoke on behalf of the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, he stressed the need for teachers to re-dedicate and show more commitment to values that are cornerstones to the profession by updating their knowledge, in areas of their specialization and obey rules and regulations.
While harping on the need for workers to exhibit right attitude at all times in their places of work, Prof. Ogen also admonished members of the academic staff in the College, to carry out their duties diligently and shun acts such as records manipulation, encouragement of illicit behaviour among students, engaging in fraudulent activities that has to do with examination, and delay in turning in scores of students after examination warning that his administration would no longer tolerate any behaviour that puts “the teaching profession in disrepute.”
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo chapter, Dr. Tope Rufus Oziegbe, described teaching as one of the noble professions that has made positively impact in the society.
He used the occasion to highlight the achievements of the Union under his leadership and thanked the College Management for their cooperation.
Comrade Oziegbe, however, appealed to the Federal Government for the restoration of the University status of the College, which was placed “on hold” saying the reversal of the decision, would enable the institution to contribute its quota to the development of education in the country.
The well attended event had side attractions which include musical interlude and presentation of awards to three eminent personalities which include two former lecturers in the College, Prof. Samuel Ibidapo Ogunrinde and Dr. Abayomi Koleoso as well as an alumnus of the College and a retired School Principal, Dr. Jerry Akindojutimi.
Similarly, the occasion also featured delivery of address by the Chairman, 2016 World Teachers’ Day Planning Committee, in the College Dr. Jerry Adejumo and presentation of scholarship awards by COEASU to the best students in the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and Degree programmes in the Institution.
The lucky students were a degree student in the Department of Agricultural Science, Iyiola Aminat Olubukola with cumulative grade point average of 4.87 and an NCE student in the Department of Mathematics, Okijiola Saimon with cumulative grade point average of 5.0.
The awards were received on their behalf by Doctors S.A. Akinbani, Dean Vocational and Technical Education and Folorunso Balogun Dean, School of Science respectively.
The colourful event was attended by the Principal Officers of the College which include the Registrar, Mr. Felix Eniola Aderinboye; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul; Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, Members of COEASU, Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Moses Akinfolarin, students from Adeyemi College of Education Demonstration Secondary School, families and friends of Awardees among others.