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"For So Long, Teachers Have Been Treated Very Badly In Nigeria" - Babajide Kolade-Otitoju

Yesterday on the TVC, seasoned journalist and panelist of the Journalists' Hangout, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, expressed his thoughts on the recent move by the Federal Ministry of Education to increase the service year of Nigerian Teachers from 35 years to 40 years and the provision of incentives for teachers sent to rural areas.

Here's an excerpt of his statement:

" I remember when my Dad was posted to rural areas to teach. Indeed, it was not what many people would be happy to be involved in, but now that the government is proposed the provision of incentives and I think that this is a good move.

For so long, teachers have been badly treated in our country and I just like the fact that the Federal Government is providing proper leadership for the State governments to follow and I pray that this bill sails through. I also pray that the States domesticate some of the decisions that the government intends to take with this bill, including the rural posting allowances and the special package for the teachers posted to rural areas.

indeed, the wages for teaching remains very low, yet we need to encourage people to take to teaching. In fact, if many people had a choice, they wouldn't want to be teachers, but it was not like that before. When we were growing up, teachers were much more respected than banker, but reverse is now the case. Teachers can hardly afford to send send their children to good schools, due to poor wages. Even at the University level, many lecturers have to take up to to three lecturing jobs, just to make ends meet and I think that the Government's move is a step in the right direction.

Even more, it is not enough to improve the wages of these teachers, the government needs to train these teachers and expose them to new trends in teaching, so that they can give the best to their students."

Dear Nigerians, what is your take on this delicate issue of national concern?

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