The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has urged school teachers across the nation to use their roles to support government’s Transformation Agenda by imparting the right values in their students.
The NOA Director General, represented by the Director, Administration and Human Resources in the Agency, Mr. David Dogo made the call at the public presentation of two books written by Dr. Rosemary Nwangwu on the education sector, titled “The Transformational Teacher: Taking Responsibility for Learning Achievement” and “Taking Responsibility for School Improvement: A Practical Handbook for Head Teachers and Principals”.
Mr. Omeri noted that the whole essence of producing transformational teachers was to ensure that apart from imparting skills and knowledge, also impart the right values that shape character in their students in the interest of a solid future for both the future leaders and the educational system. He stressed that human capital drives and determines the pace of development of any nation and therefore challenged teachers, whose job it is to build human capital, to execute their tasks with all diligence, professionalism and vision for the future. Mr. Omeri recommended the two books to all teachers, schools and States of the Federation as a possession to treasure.
In her speech, the author, Dr. Rosemary Nwangwu said it was regrettable that teachers themselves have contributed significantly to the severe battering of the teaching profession in Nigeria over the years through their poor attitude to duty and lack of professionalism. She observed that whereas Nigeria still needed over 500,000 teachers to meet the Education For All mark of one teacher to 35 students of Nigeria’s education policy, only 42 percent of existing teachers are qualified for the job while less than 50 percent of current Nigerian teachers have received any professional training after their original training.
Dr. Nwangwu proffered that the country should tap the opportunity provided by the National Youth Service Corps scheme to bridge the teacher insufficiency gap by adequately training corps members to acquire teaching skills before sending them to schools to act as teachers. She also insisted that society must correct the malaise in the educational sector by cultivating the right values in its members while government must select teachers who are teachers by choice and not just by certificate, stressing that competence and not certificates make good teachers.