‘Failure to implement right policies cause of decline in education’
FAILURE of government and stakeholders in the education sector to introduce right policies and tools for total empowerment in the teaching profession has been identified as one of the factors responsible for the decline in education in Nigeria.
The president of a non-governmental organisation, Teachers without Blemish Foundation (TWBF), Mrs. Titilayo Fayoriju, who stated this during the inauguration of the foundation in Akure, Ondo State capital, said teachers should be equipped with new methodologies of teaching.
Fayoriju said unless government plays its part by setting right policies in improving the welfare of teachers and exposes them to periodic training and re-training, all attempts geared toward improving the standard of education will continue to fail.
“It is a universal fact that teaching profession is the mother of all professions and it must be given proper attention if the nation wants to witness rapid development.
“We all know that the fulcrum of any nation’s development is education. It is also the foundation upon which all other sectors are built.
“If the foundation in Nigeria’s education is faulty and weak, and if nothing is done to rebuild it, the hope of the unborn children will not be guaranteed and they will not forgive us for it,” he said.
She, however, said the teaching profession had been relegated to the background, leading to the decline in education in the country.
She said teachers should not be left in the classroom for years with the old methodologies of teaching, saying this is one of the reasons the TWBF was established.
Fayoriju explained that the foundation had initiated series of partnerships with national, international and inter-governmental organisation in order to access opportunities for teachers and allow them to measure up with their colleagues globally.
“We have set aside series of activities and programmes in accordance with the mission of the foundation to attract both local and foreign funding to make the organization,” she said.