Teachers’ welfare affects entire country
Posted Wednesday, October 2 2013 at 01:00
The hunger of the world today is almost as great for learning as it is for food. Even in remote areas, the masses are beginning to associate the ability to read with the ability to earn. They see schooling as the road to a better life. In many parts of the world, the illiteracy of the past generation is being corrected with at least seven years of schooling.
Literacy is essential democratic governance. Only people who read can share in the democratic process of forming intelligent public opinion. In dictatorships, it is the professors, the journalists and university students who start revolutions and oust corrupt rulers.
So, for the government to fail to implement its promise to increase teachers’ salaries, is a disservice to the democratic process.
With the increased nationwide concern about teachers’ salaries as a factor in strengthening the education sector, the government should think twice before destroying local initiative and responsibility.
Literacy is a major factor for a stable democratic government.
Emmanuel Sikiryabosi, email@example.com