By Trust Akharaiyi & Temidayo Ayokunle
As the world today marks this year World Teachers Day, the teachers have called for transformation and adequate welfare for them to be efficient.
Speaking on this year’s theme: “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers,” the teachers said it would be difficult to transform education if their welfare is neglected.
Speaking with The Hope, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ondo State chapter, Mr. Victor Amoko said that for education in Nigeria to be transformed, teachers should be taken care of.
The only source of transformation of formal education is the teachers and if the teachers are to transform the students and as pilots to transform education in Nigeria, then there is need for us to take care of the teachers.
Taking care of the teachers will raise the standard of education and make us proud of our education system in Nigeria, he stated.
Also, a varsity lecturer, Dr. Fred Coolborn said one of the ways by which lecturers can be transformed in order for education in Nigeria to grow was through training in current trends in the education sector.
Also, if there was good funding of research to help lecturers carry out research and provide all the materials and equipments they would need to carry out researches, then this could go a long way in helping education in Nigeria to grow.
Dr. Coolborn also harped on provision of digital teaching equipment and benefits such as car and mortgage loans to the teachers.
A polytechnic assistant lecturer, Mr. Ogunsiji Adeseko also stressed the need for proper funding of education and adequate care for teachers welfare in terms of remuneration, benefits and general treatments.
In her opinion, a private secondary school teacher, Omozele Hardfree lamented poor salary, inadequate funding and maltreatment of teachers by private school owners.
While saying teachers should be self-motivated, disciplined and passionate because passion is very important, she said government should try and encourage teachers by paying them well.
And in a situation whereby the school is private, the proprietor or proprietress should also support the teachers by paying them good salaries to encourage them.