Poor teaching methodology affecting learning outcomes, say stakeholders
Parents, educators and other stakeholders in the sector, recently fingered poor teaching approach as one major factor negating the goals of education in the country.
They were gathered at Cayley College, Agidingbi, Lagos, to brainstorm on ways of stemming the unending challenges threatening the education sector, under the auspices of Concerned Parents and Educators (CPE)
During the one-day forum tagged, “The Gathering,” the attendees resolved that it was imperative for governments at all levels, as well as, all stakeholders to strategically look into the matter with a view to finding a permanent solution.
Chief Executive Officer of Edumark Consulting and facilitator of CPE, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, in her opening remarks maintained that until the issue raised is holistically addressed achieving educational and developmental goals in the country might continue to be a mirage.
She called on all concerned including policy makers and formulators to urgently review the challenged for the sake of the present and next generation.
She said: “Today everybody is talking about Finland and its excellent education model, but not just anybody can become a teacher in Finland, you must be among the best to qualify to teach. Nigeria, no doubt, has a pool of talented and resourceful young people. That is why we are here to collaborate. We need to develop the model that is right for Nigeria and we need to do that fast.
“Poor teachers training, remuneration and overall welfare of teachers have not only affected the delivery of quality education, but has made it difficult to attract best brains into the profession. It is clear that the country’s education needs urgent help and there cannot be development except everyone come together and make education accessible to every Nigerian child.
She continued, “We have no reason not being able to create policies and structures that will ensure that our children do well. We have no reason to have children who are still cheating in examinations, and we also have no reason producing graduates who cannot compete with counterparts globally.”
Also, the Principal Consultant/CEO, Leading Learning Limited, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, has on her part blamed the country’s teachers training institute for seemingly not living up to their mandate.
She highlighted that teaching is very key to achieving the purpose of education and must therefore, be made a priority. She called on government to support the interaction by providing the teachers with the right training, tools, resources, understanding and the esteem to do what they are supposed to do.
She said: “There seemed not to be a serious commitment by the teachers training institutions to train our teachers to be excellent, to be able to teach every child. Teachers nurture a nation’s treasure. And Nigerian treasure is not oil, but her children. And if we don’t work to reposition the profession, if we don’t work on the teachers, invest in them, nothing is going to work.”