Unqualified teachers doing damage to children’s future – Principal
by Sodiq Oyeleke - PUNCH
Faith Academy, Lagos, Mr. Olusola Bamidele, has said the major
challenge affecting the standard of education in the country is the use
of unqualified teachers to train pupils.
Bamidele wondered why a school would
employ pupils to teach pupils, noting that schools engaging in such acts
are toying with the future of the children and the country.
He spoke after the school’s 12th
inter-house sports competition, which was declared open by the wife of
Delta State Governor, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan.
He said, "Teachers in many schools are
not well trained. Some schools keep Senior Secondary Certificate
Examination graduates, some of whom did not even pass the examination in
classes to teach pupils and this is unfortunate because the foundation
matters a lot. The foundation is where you should pack the best of all
brains to teach the pupils.
"If you call somebody a teacher, he/she
must know more than the learner. For you to be able to teach the right
values to the children, you must also be sound. The teachers are to
train the children. If the teachers are not trained then they will not
be able to train others.
They can only teach what they know.
What they don’t know they cannot teach. For you to have a child that is
fully equipped under the educational system, the teacher must be trained
He explained that it was necessary for
teachers to be regularly trained for the educational system to develop
and meet international standards.
He added, "Teachers must continuously
undergo training even while on the job. The educational system should
not be developed in a way that a child will be taught how to read and
write alone, it must be built in a way that the children can learn,
relearn and unlearn. In our school, we develop education along three
major areas – academic, religion/moral and creativity.
"Education should be a complete package
that would enhance self reliance. For instance, when you see pupils
dressing indecently, it means there is a problem. Then, schools must
initiate a disciplinary method to stop it.”
The principal, who lamented the
decreasing standard of education, argued that the challenges of
insecurity facing the country could be solved if the educational system
He said, "You cannot see any graduate
that knows his/her worth being recruited for illegal acts. The type of
education we give to the children has a way of either enhancing
insecurity or helping security. You can imagine that many schools don’t
even have equipment to teach the pupils and that is why they engage in
examination malpractices. We should give our children the best we can
and show them good examples.
"The basis of any educational system is
to teach morals and competency. When you have graduates that cannot
speak correct English and are incompetent, nobody can employ them which
makes them idle and participate in bad activities.”