Do not be sad at teaching, Itedjere tells inductees
BY Victor Igherighe
The need for teachers all over Nigeria particularly new entrants to cherish the teaching profession was again stressed recently during the first induction ceremony for the 2013-2015 graduands of the Delta State College of Physical Education, Mosogar, (DESCOPEM), where it was observed that the inductees were not happy as expected for having successfully completed their program and formally inducted.
Mr.Charles Itedjere, chairman, Academic Staff Union of the college, made this observation and said, he never thought of becoming a teacher he is today and has not regretted being a teacher, calling on the inductees to shun the general mentality about teachers in the country and take full advantage of their noble teaching profession.
In his speech, the Registrar/ Chief Executive Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN) Prof. A.M Wokocha, told the newly inducted teachers that the induction ceremony has started in2007 at the University of Ibandan, and since then other Universities and Colleges of Education in Nigeria, have keyed into it because it helps to improve the quality and status of both teachers and teaching profession in Nigeria.
Prof. Wokocha who was represented by Alhaji Dahiru Roni, further noted, apart from creating consciousness in new entrants into the teaching profession, the induction ceremony also helps to eliminate the issue of certificate forgery that is plaguing the teaching profession in Nigeria today. Continuing, with the TRCN already in existence, certificate forgery would be a thing of the past because the Council receives the record of Education Graduates directly from the Universities and Colleges of Education and build same into a robust data base for registered teachers in Nigeria. The data so captured is accessible to teachers’ employers and other stakeholders for ease of verification of claims made by prospective applicants and those already in the system, he explained.
He reiterated that induction brings about a new spirit in teachers and enhances qualitative planning and administration of the teaching profession just as the induction also confers legal and professional status on new teachers through the administration of the Teachers Oath of Allegiance and other provisions of TRCN Act Cap T3 of 2004 as this would help reduce attrition ratio in the teaching profession. This implies that teaching profession just like any other profession now requires that only those who are adequately prepared should be entrusted with the teaching-learning process in our schools, and this is one of the best ways the nation could guarantee a qualitative education system, he added.
Remarked that DESCOPEM is already among the institutions that have supported the TRCN in the achievement of its mandates and in march towards the professionalization of teaching in Nigeria, the TRCN Registrar told the inductees that their colleagues who were not inducted now must write the full cycles of Professional Qualifying Examination in addition to other rigors before their registration as professional teachers is validated.
While bringing into consciousness of inductees, the penalty for any breach of the law particularly on oath, he said the National Council on Education frowned at the rampant cases of professional misconduct such as sexual harassment and examination malpractice involving teachers in schools across the country. He, however, implored the newly inducted persons to abide by the already established code of practice which the TRCN has made public and being enforced by Teachers Investigation Panel and Teachers Tribunal saying that the NCE has mandated TRCN to commence the prosecution of reported teachers without further delay.
Also, the provost of the college, Prof. Emmanuel Ojeme, in his address told the inductees that as professional teachers, they are saddled with the obligation to train others that would build the nation thus, it is expected of them to live an exemplary life worthy of emulation at all times. The provost who was represented by the Academic Planning Director of the college, Dr. Power Onojete, further noted that the induction ceremony would remain indelible in their hearts because it was first of its kind in Mosogar and environs.
High point of the ceremony was the oath-taking and subsequent presentation of certificates to inductees by Alhaji Dahiru Roni.
Others in attendance include the college Registrar, Mrs. Hope Uduaghan and other members of the management team. They were Mr. Lawrence Ugulu, (Librarian) Mr. Samuel Akpovwovwo, (Bursar), Mr.Ufuoma Ighovojah (P.R.O) and Dr. Johnson Erhinyodavwe, (Director,Professional Diploma in Education) who gave the vote of thanks.