A teaching profession has always been one of the most respected in the whole world. In Nigeria, this profession was very honorable, especially in the time of British colonization. At that time, the teacher’s profession was given special attention in society. And what about now?
Who is a teacher?
The modern rhythm of life requires from the teacher continuous professional growth, creative attitude to work and self-giving.
Today, the teaching profession is not only and not so much a custodian of knowledge or a model of behavior. A teacher is a master, able to teach how one could find the necessary knowledge in the boundless ocean of modern science and gain experience in self-education.
Of course, a real teacher should have professional pedagogical skills, own innovative technologies of education and upbringing. Personal qualities of the school teacher play a significant role: the educational position, attitude to life, colleagues, children and people in general. All these professional skills and characteristics a teacher gains with many years of experience.
What is teaching profession?
The profession of the teacher is unique. As is known, practically in all times of existence of humankind there was a need for teachers. Today, this profession is in demand, perhaps more than ever before. It used to be associated with the school only. In our age, the situation has radically changed. Teachers are becoming more and more needed in the most diverse spheres of our lives.
Many years ago, those who were older automatically became teachers, because of age and life experience. Over time, the profession became more differentiated, a narrow focus and specialization emerged. So, for example, in the senior classes, each subject is conducted by a separate teacher, which allows the teacher more professionally prepare for the lessons and maximize the material in the educational process.
For example, a teacher of Nigerian language should not only explain the importance of specific rules and teach them how to express their thoughts either verbally or in writing. But also encourage the student to see the beauty of the language and realize the need for its correct usage in everyday life.
In literature lessons, the teacher will need not only to submit works on the school curriculum but also to form their own opinion about them, reflect on the actions of the heroes, etc. To achieve these goals, pure giving of knowledge is not enough. Today almost any teacher is teaching a professional education as well moral behavior.
Teaching profession characteristics
Teachers working process include:
- Accumulating, updating, and structuring of the received knowledge; the development of methodological support, which makes it possible to make the method of their transmission as efficient as possible.
- Making awareness and realization of students’ social role, helping students to adapt to internal and external conditions as well as certain restrictions imposed by society.
- Maintaining constant communication with parents to prevent problems, to eliminate their possible negative consequences, to better understand the environment in which the child is raised.
- Continuing professional development through self-education.
- Making operational decisions related to the educational component of the studying process. Particular attention is paid to the development of a system for motivating students, actively involving them in participation in out-of-class work, talent and skill competitions.
- Making compliance with the standards of conduct established by the “corporate code” of a particular school, college or university.
The teaching profession in Nigeria
Even at the beginning of the emergence of the profession of a teacher in Nigeria, it was a prestigious and respected post. It was the teachers who were engaged not only in the education of a child but also in the teaching of the moral and ethical qualities of society.
Most parents themselves asked that the teacher, in addition to knowledge, to initiate children into responsibility and discipline. If previously teachers could physically influence the child to discipline him/her, now the use of force has become unacceptable.
If the teacher crosses this line and the child’s parents leave a complaint against him, then they can quickly sack him. The teacher’s education in Nigeria is a somewhat tricky and thorny path. The level of education in primary schools is falling, and respect for the teacher leaves much to be desired. Though society understands the importance of this profession, that does not play any role either for the teachers themselves or their salaries.
The contribution of the teacher to the level and quality of education in Nigeria is very large. It is the teachers that determine the set of skills and the list of knowledge that each student should receive. Students themselves adopt important qualities of the teacher and apply them in the future. Thus, it is the professionalism of each teacher that is the most important quality that affects the development of society as a whole.