Olawale Jelili, Ile-Ife.
The state Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of secondary Schools, Mr Segun Adediran has described policy Summersault, indiscipline, politics, poor budgetary allocation and infrastructure as bane of education in the country.
Adediran made this known at a World Teachers’ Day in Osogbo, the state capital.
According to him, the 26% UNESCO recommendation has remained a mirage for many African nations especially Nigeria.
He said governments in Nigeria allocated as low as 10%, 8% to education which cannot take the sector to anywhere, saying the future of young children and the teaching profession is not only shaky but bleak.
Adediran stressed that policy somersault by successive government makes it difficult for continuity in the sector, noting that lack of stable policy affects the education industry, stressing that different government comes with different policy.
“Teaching has suffered many policy somersault over the years to the extent that school administrator is finding it difficult to maintain law and order in school. We are living in a country where governments find it difficult to pay salaries of teachers on monthly basis”.
The chairman noted that politicisation of education sector by governments at all level is worrisome, stressing that politics takes centre stage as this makes it difficult to employ qualified teachers into the profession.
“The profession is drifting away from a professional body to an all comers affair. Unqualified persons are employed into the profession through politics which in turn produces half bake students.
Teachers are not involved in policy making on education especially recruitment of teachers. We cannot get the best if politics is not removed and teaching should not be all comers profession”.
Adediran opined that it is disheartening that teachers can no longer discipline students for misconduct in our schools due to high level of indiscipline in the system and societal factor, stressing that school principal cannot suspend or expel student without resort to tedious bureaucratic process.
He stated that state of infrastructure in schools is appalling and unpalatable especially technology. This, according to him, makes education lagging behind in the country, noting that schools must be equipped with state-of-the-art technology in order to meet the 21st century education.
He, therefore, called on government at all level to recruit qualified teachers into the sector, fund education adequately, involve teachers in policy making and motivate teachers.
Adediran enjoined Osun state government to continue prioritize the welfare of teachers in the state so as to give their best.