COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE WORLD TEACHERS DAY SYMPOSIUM WITH THE THEME: YOUNG TEACHERS: “THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSION” HELD ON THURSDAY, 3RD OCTOBER, 2019 AT THE MINISTRY’S CONFERENCE HALL, 2ND FLOOR PODIUM, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, ABUJA

PREAMBLE

Nigeria joined nations across the world to celebrate the 2019 World Teachers Day with the theme: “Young Teachers: the future of the profession” to promote education and upbringing of Nigerian children through improved teaching. The 2019 event commenced with a Ministerial Press Briefing anchored by the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiubu on Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019. The Symposium held on 3rd October, 2019.  Prof. Alex Kure, Provost, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan – waya, Kaduna State was the Guest Speaker who delivered a speech on the theme of the year. The events would be rounded up on Saturday, 5th October, 2019 where deserving teachers would be celebrated and rewarded objectively as they have been identified by school administrators at basic and secondary levels at the Federal, State and Local Government Education Authorities. 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

The participants present at the event are representatives of the Chief Executive Officers of the Techers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), National Teacher Institutes (NTI), and the Chairman of the National Union Teachers (NUT). There were a good number of Unionists from the FCT (NUT) as well as several education officers from the Federal Ministry of Education in attendance.  The HMSE welcomed participants and admonished them to do as they would be told for the progress of the 2019 programme. He said the “Young Teacher” should be encouraged and given proper guide to do well in the teaching profession. He therefore declared the symposium opened.

 

EMMANATED ISSUES

A young professional teacher was seen as a model for young learners who nurtures and develop conceptually to be useful individuals in the society by impacting the development of humanity. He was said to occupy a unique position in an educational institution and requires pre- service training to equip the next generation who should exercise a positive influent in the classroom. 

 

Progressively, the Young Teacher was called to understand the following in his career alongside the experienced teacher: adhere to the code of professional code of conduct; ensure self-regulations; ensure public service and altruisms; gain access to and determine body knowledge, be skillful, hard work, selfless service, have positive motives and ideologies; obey laws and legitimacy of the authorities; acquire quality pre-service training and proper mentoring; have knowledge of handling complex relationships between sanctions and incentives; be motived and the demotivate; understands school and classroom environments which can both connotes and inhibit learning and effective teaching; understand the impacts of parents; homes and peer groups on children’s values, attitudes and dispositions of learning; understand the damaging effects of discrimination by sex, race, class, and ability together with enhanced opportunities for access and progression; include learning disabilities and special needs with access to improved diagnostic tools and remedial strategies.

 

CONCLUSSIONS

A Young Teacher is expected to be dynamic, actively functional while exercising his potentials with necessary infrastructures identified to boost his/her morale and to receive the attention of government and other employers of labour. He /She should have optimal:

i. Provision of ICT has a key for development and exploration of new potentials;

ii. Benefit of the Policy document on career progression of teachers to build his /her future hope;

iii. Training and re-training at pre-service and on the job training;

iv. Benefit on investment on teacher education to enhance his/her professionalism;

v. Good renumeration for better life and development;

vi. Benefit of payment of rural allowances for motivation; 

vii. Participation on effective leadership and inspection activities to enhance mentorship.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

The symposium was concluded with the following recommendation for necessary action:

i. A young teacher should be properly guided at pre-service and on entry the service on the ethics of the noble profession to include decent dressing;

ii. There should be access to internet services extended to schools and institutions of engagement including the rural areas to cater for his/her exploration to impacting knowledge;

iii. Teachers in the Federal Government Colleges should be allowed to join Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) to enjoy the benefits allocated by policies of the teaching profession;

iv. The Federal, States and Local Government authorities should appropriate at least 22% of the annual national budgetary allocation to education;

v. Exposure to new and contemporary issues through training and re-training by employers through lifelong planning;

vi. Employers of Teachers should ensure Job security, Trust and Reward of Excellence through prompt payment of salaries and allowances; and

vii. There should be an inclusive and encompassing persons engaged in the teaching profession without discrimination and marginalization.

 

AGENCIES PRESENT AT THE MEETING:

1.  Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)

2. Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)

3. FCT (NUT)

4. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

5. National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE)

6. National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non- Formal Education (NMEC)

7. FGC, Bwari

8. Librarian’s Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN)

9. Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya (KSCOE)

10. National Teachers Institute (NTI) 

 

OBSERVATORY STATUS

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

October, 2019

 

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