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Dear Reader, Teaching has been a time honored tradition for hundreds of years. Whether you want to pursue a career in teaching or you wish to volunteer your time as a teacher, it is important to learn key techniques which can improve your teaching abilities. Without the right tools and information, it could take you years and cost you a...
Dear Reader, Teaching has been a time honored tradition for hundreds of years. Whether you want to pursue a career in teaching or you wish to volunteer your time as a teacher, it is important to learn key techniques which can improve your teaching abilities. Without the right tools and information, it could take you years and cost you a small fortune to discover the secrets to teaching. Instead of spending a fortune on so-called experts or knocking yourself out with the old trial and error method, there is an easier way to be the teacher you have always dreamed of. Now theres good news .... I wont deny that there are a ton of books out there on teaching. Unfortunately the problem with most books on the subject of teaching is that they are either filled with plenty of promises and no solid techniques and strategies to back up those promises or they contain only one or two pieces of useful information and not a comprehensive look at everything you need to know to succeed in teaching. Introducing The Teachers Guide! Teachers Guide breaks the mold of all the other teaching books and manuals you have heard and read about. It presents solid, proven steps to help you learn how to be the teacher youve always wanted. Sounds too good to be true? Its not and I can prove it with Teachers Guide! But, first a word of introduction. My name is Dan. A few years ago I found myself in a situation not too different from your own. Like almost everyone else, I longed to be a better teacher, but I had no idea where to start! None of the books I had read on teaching had been able to solve my problem. Some of them were so mired down in fancy words and technicalities that it was a miracle I ever got past the first chapter! Others might have passed on a helpful hint or two, but did not solve my problems. Thats when it hit me! If I couldnt find a comprehensive guide on teaching, then why not create my own? I was tired of flipping back and forth through tons of books for the few bits of information that could help me; but I reasoned that if I put all those little tidbits of info together then I might actually be able to begin understanding the secrets to teaching. The next morning I furiously began to read through all of the teaching books that I had purchased over the past three years and take down the pertinent notes. I didnt stop there either. I swallowed my pride and enlisted the help of people that I knew who had been personally successful in teaching. It took awhile to sort through all of the information I had gathered and compile the notes I received from the experts I consulted, but when I was finished I sat back and was completely stunned. Right here in front of me was the information that I had been seeking all along! From the notes I had taken from several articles on the subject of teaching, as well as my own experiments, I had comprised a comprehensive compendium on the subject of teaching. I sat back in stunned amazement! It was all there! The Work of the Teacher How to Stimulate Thinking The Importance of Play in Education Classroom Lessons The Importance of Individual Differences How to Cultivate Moral Attitudes Then I decided to try an experiment and put all of my hard work to the test. The next morning I awoke with new determination. This time I would not fail! Suddenly, I was excited! I absolutely could not believe the difference. Suddenly it was all so clear! I could easily implement proven strategies without having to wade through a mountain of fancy words and difficult to understand terms. What happened next was nothing short of amazing! These strategies not only worked, but the results were completely astonishing. As my success with teaching grew, I started to feel guilty. I knew there were a lot more people out there who wanted the same solutions I had found. Somehow, it just didnt seem right to keep it to myself. One night as I made some changes to my book, I wondered how many other people might have the same problem? After all, if I couldnt find a decent comprehensive teaching manual, what were the chances anyone else could? Given the tremendous success I had encountered using my manual; I was sure that other people could take the same easy to read and understands strategies and achieve success as well. Right now youre probably thinking, Yeah, right. Theres a ton of teaching books out there. What makes you and your book so different? I wont deny for a minute that there are some good teaching books out there-after all Ive read most of them, if not all of them. The difference, however; is that my book blows all the others out of the water because it doesnt just focus on one area of the game. You get everything you need to understand how to teach successfully. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is left out. All the fundamentals are there. And thats just a small taste of what you will get when you order the Teachers Guide Absolutely everything anyone would ever need to learn how to successfully teach is contained within this impressive work. Okay, Im sold, but whats this incredible resource going to cost me? When I first began to think about putting my manual on the market, my first thought was to create a seminar where people could actually get the benefits in a hands-on way. I know not everyone loves to read, so that seemed to be a great solution. But, I quickly realized how time consuming that would be for everyone so instead, I decided I wanted as many people as possible to reap the benefits of this fabulous manual. So, Im willing to slash the cost just so you can take advantage of the incredible information within Teachers Guide.
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Tricky Challenges of African Teachers and Educational Development in Africa


The same problem African nations have in every other areas of national life affects educational development, just because of lack of policy formulation for progress by African leaders… Why technology is virtually taking over the educational system across the globe, Africa is still lagging behind because of the myopia of her leaders….

The African educational environment is a hard nut to crack for teachers, who are nonetheless expected to produce result at all cost.

African teachers are not less endowed with the natural giftedness and intellectual prowess comparable to their peers from other parts of the world.

Our limitation is as a result of many hydra-headed factors, which pose as a clog to the wheel of the much needed progress in African educational fortunes.

Of course, African teachers won’t be spared any excuse for failure and below-par delivery. They must find a way to make it work.

As the saying goes, ‘a problem discovered is a problem half-solved’. Here, we want to look at some of these limiting factors African teachers face while trying to discharge their professional duties.

a.     Kids learning about ICT without using ICT tools.

I remember teaching ICT in a school where I was pleading with the management to get us just one computer system for the entire six classes for practical computer; and you will be shocked that until I left that school, that request was not met. The kids were learning about ICT with no practical training with ICT tools. What a world of education in Africa!

Today’s trend is technology-driven classroom. But what is the possibility of meeting up with the trend when there is no practical use of these tech gadgets?

Almost every national curriculum across Africa has ICT-related topics in many of its subjects. And all we do is teach the school children mere theory without the practical aspect of the subject.

And guess what we get in return- kids who pass our local exams on ICT but cannot measure up when it comes to practical application of ICT tools.

It is heart-rending to see our children leave high school or university as ICT graduates, only to enroll further for computer training programmes just to learn computer basics.

Meaning? They learnt nothing at school!

I still recall the frustration I went through trying to explain the practical areas of ICT to my students back then without the needed experimental tools.

b.    High teacher/student ratio.    

Depending on certain factors, the ideal student-teacher ratio should be within the range of 20:1 or less.

Student-teacher ratio, generally employed as a tool to measure teachers’ workloads and resource allocations in schools, is primarily used to ascertain the amount of attention a child is likely to receive from the teacher. This is what fosters child-based learning. In fact, student-teacher ratio is often used as a broad indicator of the overall quality of a school or an educational system.

You can now see where we are here in Africa, where the average student-teacher ratio is 50:1. There are many public and private schools across Africa where a single teacher is made to be in charge of over 60 students/pupils.

Yet, that teacher is expected to produce fantastic results!

c.     Poor remuneration and welfare for teachers

This seems to be a global trend, but much pronounced in Africa and other third world countries.

Teachers put in a lot of effort in their professional duties. Unfortunately, what they receive in return as remuneration is no where commensurate with their work load.

Whether in the public school or private school system, the trend is same.

Many teachers cannot afford to pay school fees of their own children in the same school where they are teachers.

Teachers, especially in Africa are the proverbial beast of burden, laboring like an elephant, while eating like an ant. Those in the private schools seemed to be the hardest hit.

African schools charge high fees from students only to pay peanuts to the laboring teachers as salaries.

Consequently, teachers are getting discouraged day by day and hence, find it difficult to put in their best in this noble provision. Moreover, there is a high teacher turnover, which in turn affects the learners’ ability to consolidate on the gains of what has been taught.

d.    Too much work load for both teachers and learners.

Talk of note of lesson, which must be manually re-written each new session. Think of the challenge of managing too much children in one class and the attendant load of marking and recording their scripts on home works, class works, mid-term tests, examination and so on.

In addition, teachers are made to leave school late. Many schools hold on to the unnecessary but this rigid policy that teachers must stay in school one hour or more after the kids have left for the day, even when they may have nothing doing.

The same teacher goes home to meet other domestic challenges and engagements that sap him/her, and by the next day, the real pressure continues.

The school children are not spared of the overload! In most of our elementary schools here in Africa, primary school pupils are taking between 15-20 subjects.

A lot of assignments- majorly on theories. Pupils have little or no time for recreation or practical exercises.

In a 13-week term, school children learn 10 weeks non-stop, use a week (or less in some cases) to revise for examination, then write a 17-subject examination in less than two weeks.

Teachers are then made to work on the whole term assessment and produce result within 3 days or less (because the pupils must go home with their assessment report).

Even during holidays, many teachers are still made to be in school for extra job, without extra wage.

A lot of teachers have left the profession citing too much workload as the chief reason for quitting the teaching job. Unfortunately, this is the lot of African teachers.

e.     Lack of professional training

Teaching job requires on-the-job and continuous training programme in order to keep teachers abreast of the current educational realities.

Depending on the conventional things done while at school is not enough for teachers if they must meet up with the challenge of teaching job in our time.

The on-the-job training should cover the following areas among others:
-         Use of modern technology in teaching
-         Classroom management
-         Handling of SEN children and other special cases
-         Interpersonal relationship with colleagues
-         General discipline
-         Professional ethics and etiquette
-         Customer care service delivery in dealing with parents etc

Unfortunately, these things are rarely put in place in many of our schools here in Africa.

f.       Societal contempt for teachers

In Africa, teachers are seen as ‘the filth of the world’. There is a societal disdain and contempt for the teaching profession.

A lot of people see teaching profession as a dumping ground for failures.

In our universities, the picture is glaringly captioned, ‘contempt for educationist’! Students seeking for admission into the higher institutions hardly go for education courses (as they suppose it a shortcut to the ‘dreaded’ teaching profession).

Universities admit only candidates with the lowest cut-off marks into the education faculty as a kind of soft landing.

Teachers are rarely appointed in public service positions.

With their wealth of intellectual prowess, teachers are supposed to be policy makers. But the reverse is the case here in Africa.

g.     Lack of learning materials for learners

Many school children are in lack of basic learning tools and materials. This is as a result of parents not being able to provide enough for their wards, due to their low income level.

Unfortunately, the insensitive government cares little when it comes to providing for our school children.

Africans too are not philanthropists. The average African would rather investment in real estate in all the major cities in the world; stack funds in foreign banks than invest in the provision of education for the less privileged of the society.

There is nothing that gives challenge to teachers like teaching kids who must borrow pen, pencil, virtually everything in the classroom.

School children without relevant texts and other learning materials make learning difficult both for teachers and learners.

h.    Government insensitivity and negligence

You wonder why the private school system is thriving in Africa? Government neglect and insensitivity.

If you are in doubt, just visit any public school in most of our communities (I take Nigeria as a case study here), and what you will see would shock you- leaking roof at best, and at worst, children studying outside under the mango tree, while the teacher goes home to cook soup.

Amusing, right? But that is the reality.

The system is completely in comatose. Yet we have a government.

“The easiest way to destroy a people- a nation, a continent- is to decimate its educational fortunes; it is more potent than the chemical weapon…”

No wonder Africa is dying!

i.       Irrelevant curriculum design to meet with current changes

Educational curriculum design is supposed to be drawn to meet up with current cultural and technological changes.

Here in Africa, our education planners are as conventional in their approach as Adam at the Eden garden.

A lot of what we see in our national curriculum today is already outdated, yet you wonder why there is no review.

This makes it difficult for African teachers to marry the national curriculum with current global educational realities.

This is one the reasons why many private schools are now combining the local and British curricula in order to achieve a balance.

j.       Societal diversion of learners’ attention (BB Naija, Beauty pageant, get-rich-quick programs etc)

Do you know that kids’ interest in learning makes the job of teaching easier for teachers?

Unfortunately, our society has succeeded in diverting learners’ attention to things that are inimical to academic quest.

It has become a norm today in our society to see political leaders(both at local, state and federal levels) and NGOs investing millions of dollars to organize beauty pageants and other morally-deviant entertainment programs, where all it takes to win is display the highest nudity and immorality.

You hardly see our political leaders investing to offer free educational trainings and scholarships for teachers and students.

Only few NGOs still organize inter-school academic competitions to reward bright kids for higher learning.

The nude lady who won as ‘Miss Africa’, ‘Miss …’ as well as the hemp-smoking music artist who dropped out of school has more respect and recognition from the government than the 5-‘kpokom’  first class graduate.

And our school children are taking notice.

How then will they pay attention to the ‘poor’ teacher when they know there is a ‘shortcut’ to wealth and recognition?

Besides, our society is plagued with a get-quick-rich syndrome. Hence, the learner’s attention is diverted.

The bitter consequence is that teachers now spend time and dissipate energy trying to reach out to people who are, unfortunately not interested

What a hard nut to crack!

You see, there is so much to talk about on why African education is deteriorating.

You can add to the list.

But our concern is how to find solutions to these challenges, in order to get African education back to the right track.

It will be of a great service to Africa and her children if you can share useful ideas in the comment box.

Let the change begins from us.

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