Teachers play key role in development
Posted Saturday, October 5 2013 at 01:00
Teachers are back in classrooms although no tangible agreement between them and the government has been reached. Many are, however, going about their work with an air of resignation and mistrust in their leaders. There was no soothing statement from the Ministry of Education and Sports to make teachers feel that they are needed.
Instead, all the messages were pointing to the fact that teachers are dispensable, while some leaders have uttered statements that trivialise the role teachers play. A teacher can bring about positive change in the behaviour and character of students.
Stakeholders should take note that across the nation, hundreds of teachers are working tirelessly to educate the next generation. Teaching is a great profession and teachers play a great role in their students’ intellectual, personal and social development, which consequently influences a nation’s development. Many of us have, at some point in our lives, had a wonderful teacher, one whose value is inestimable. Teachers are perhaps the most critical component of any governance system. Poor pay, low social status and low morale of a teacher, results into poor performance and corrupt behaviour in public offices.
The government should therefore, note that an increase in teachers’ salaries, relative to salaries of other professionals, raises the quality of teaching.
When a country does not pay teachers what they deserve, it will fail to attract high quality teachers, and will either rely on under-qualified personnel or deal with vacancies. Besides, when quality teachers is lacking, schools typically find some way to fill the positions with teachers without full qualifications.
However, no school can produce quality students if it retains ineffective teachers.
How else do you account for the rampant littering of our cities by the citizenry, the illogical way our populace seems to interpret government programmes and failure to obey simple laws, such wearing seat belts, etc?
Currently, most people reason basing on their political alliances rather than on factual knowledge. This is partly because we listen more to politicians who earn a lot rather than to our teachers who go to class with torn shoes and shirts.
Teachers should be viewed as part of a solution rather than as part of a problem.
Eva Ntege, firstname.lastname@example.org