By Sarah Domozu, The Sight News
ABUJA-World Teachers Day also known as international Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1966, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO recommendation, concerning the status of teachers which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situation of teachers around the world.
The celebration is aimed at appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
In line with this, October 5, 2018, was declared public holiday in order to celebrate teachers, and Nigerian teachers were not left out in the celebration.
However, Nigerian teachers are not satisfied with the government over the salaries and wages paid to them. According to them, the government has neglected their welfare and their salary is not worth their services.
Our Reporter Sarah Domozu, who spoke with some teachers in Abuja, reported that they are happy with the profession and believe strongly that their reward is not only in heaven but also on earth.
Mr Abdulkadir Liman, a teacher in one of the government schools in Abuja, disclosed that he is happy to be a teacher as it is in him to impact what he has got, into the lives of the younger generation. For him, teaching is a chosen career, he derives satisfaction in doing it.
He further said that his reward is not just in heaven but also on earth, because the children being taught, remembers the teachers in the future, adding that he has no regret being a teacher or choosing teaching as a profession.
Miss Zita Adjekoba, a teacher in one of the government schools has been teaching for 11 years and she considers it a good thing to be a teacher. She stated that she derives joy in impacting knowledge since it cuts across different activities such as; being a head mistress, chasing students to their classes and so many other things.
Adjekoba also posited that the teacher’s reward is both on earth and in heaven, as the children being taught will live to appreciate later on in life.
Also, Miss Ginny Emmy, an SS2 Biological Science teacher, remarked, that for her, its adventurous and it keeps her up to date with knowledge, adding that she never chose the profession, rather the profession chose her and she has no regrets at all.
According to her, “peradventure an opportunity is given to me, I might change profession because journalism is my first love. I believe that the teacher’s reward is both in heaven and on earth as the students live to remember their teachers later”.
Furthermore, another teacher, Mr. Davou Bulus James, who is presently a vice principal and has been a teacher for the past 25 Years, stated that he feels like he has achieved a lot by impacting into lives, which in turn, has impacted the world positively.
“I enjoy my profession, It is a humanitarian service which its reward is in heaven and so, I cannot think of changing my profession to any other”, he emphasized.
Mr Jonah Domozu Sokwo who has been teaching for 27 years, feels happy being a teacher as it gives him the opportunity to impact knowledge acquired to children. Even though he never chose the profession, he has no regrets.
“The reward is from God, no amount can commensurate to what the teachers have done and are still doing”, he said.
The students were not left out in the celebration as they joined in celebrating their teachers for how they have shaped and are still shaping their lives.
Ruth Anate, a JSS1 student of a private school, said that teachers are very important as they help the future of the students, adding that she will like to be a teacher later in life.
Maryann Paul, a student of a government school, noted also that teachers are very important and without them there can not be education, adding that teachers also help the students to become some body in life. She however said that she will not like to be a teacher in life rather, she will be a doctor.
Also, Martin Paul, a JSS1 student, stated that teachers are important in molding the future of the students, but, he does not like the profession.
Though Teachers Day is being celebrated yearly, the teachers are calling on the government to improve their welfare, so they can have the zeal to discharge their duties anytime and also, cater for their families and in turn enjoy some form of reward on earth, while they wait to enjoy the heavenly rewards later on.
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