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Educationist decries quackery in schools

By Egbe Attah

A veteran teacher and former Board Member 1, Federal Capital Territory, Secondary School Education Board, Chief Icha Adole, has decried the continuous use of non-profession teachers in Nigerian schools.

Chief Adole, who gave the disapproval on Friday in Otukpo Benue State, while interacting with The Voice noted that the use of quack teachers is responsible for the bad state of affairs in the Nigerian educational system.

“I suggest that those saddled with the responsibility of impacting knowledge at all levels of education in the country should be people trained and certified to do the job.

“At least, they must possess the minimal teaching qualification of Nigeria Certificate in Education and certified by Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria, in addition to any other qualifications.

“People chosen to teach our children must be people with knowledge of human psychology and education foundation as is done in the western world,” he held.

The retired principal, special grade with the Benue State Teaching Service Board, who described the teaching profession as a noble one, called on the government to implement the recent packages proposed to better the lot of Nigerian teachers, stressing that the move, if implemented would motivate teachers to perform maximally.

For the younger generation, who look down on the teaching profession, Chief Adole, advised them to desist, maintaining that without teachers, there would be no any other professions.

On the saying that “teachers reward is in heaven,” the educationist, opined that teachers should not expect much materially, stressing that the reward of a  teacher is when his pupil understands what he  teaches him.

While on the rising cases of delinquencies among students, the veteran teacher condemned it in totality. “I completely support the recent banning of use of mini-skirts and other unwholesome dressing at all levels of education by the Anambra State government and I call on other states to domesticate it,” he said.

Adole, who is the proprietor, Unique Science Nursery and Primary School, Otukpo, expressed happiness for the move taken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities  (ASUU) to conditionally suspend the strike.

He, however, lamented the incalculable damage the eight-month-long strike has done to the education sector in the country and called on all stakeholders to put the necessary machinery in place to avoid a repeat of such impasse between the union and the government.

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