The Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN), has appealed to governments,school owners and stakeholders to increase and improve teachers’ welfare in the country.
Mr Simeon Fowowe,National President of the association, made the plea while speaking with Journalist on Tuesday, in Lagos on the World Teacher’ Day.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in 1994, created the World Teacher’s Day to celebrate teachers on every Oct. 5, for the vital roles they play in the development of each individual.
The theme of the 2021 Teachers’ Day is: “Teachers at The Heart of Education Recovery”.
The association’s president said that governments and other stakeholders need to double up their efforts and interest in teachers by making their welfare a top priority.
He noted that all products in the market, including rents,bills and other utilities had ridiculously increased while teacher’s salaries had not.
“In the last one year,our understanding of teaching and learning and the conditions under which a professional teacher teaches has significantly changed.
“Teachers now work under the new normal scheme , they now wear many hats before they significantly influence the learners,” Fowowe said.
He added that only qualified teachers could confront the crisis in the world educational crisis.
He said the theme for this year’s World Teacher’s Day was apt, especially because the world was dealing with a major crisis which could be ameliorated by teachers.
“The pandemic of Coronavirus has forced many practitioners to opt out of teaching because of the suffering they experienced during the lockdown.
“Many teachers were not paid for nine months, leaving them and their families in serious agony.
“And without teachers in right quality and quantity , our educational system may not recover easily from the agony created by the lockdown,” he said.
Fowowe, however, urged teachers to understand teaching process as one of the surest ways to survive the post COVID-19 era.(https://newsatlarge.ng)