By Gabriel Chy Alonta
An educationist, Mrs. Ann Oparah, has urged the federal government to accord the same recognition given to other professional fields to teaching which, she said, should be regarded as the mother of all professions.
Oparah, an administrator and the proprietor of a Lagos-based school, made the appeal in an interview with journalists in Lagos, on the sidelines of the school’s recent ‘Career Day’.
She said that teaching, as the mother of all professions, should not be driven to the back seat, adding that the profession needed to be given the respect it deserved.
“Teaching is a noble profession because it is the mother of all professions. Teaching should be ranked alongside other professional fields such as law, engineering and medicine among others.
“Many of our children are interested in the teaching profession but because the profession has yet to be given its rightful recognition, they are scared.
“However, recently some students are gradually appreciating teaching as a profession because during our school’s Career Day, held on March 29, 2019, some students, about 20 of them, voluntarily chose the teaching profession”, she disclosed.
“The society should help in supporting teachers because they are the ones that build the society. What we need is to improve on teaching is recognising it as a profession.
“Teaching needs training and re-training to make it better, then we need to create the right atmosphere for the profession to thrive because there will always be demand for teachers”, she said.
Oparah urged parents to allow their children to choose careers they are comfortable with and not necessarily imposing a particular career on them which might have negative effect.
“Parents should allow their children to choose their career and handle their choice path. They need to make up their minds in the aspect of profession they so desire.
“Students should also know that education is the primary choice and not entertainment which should be a secondary choice.
“A student needs to understand that entertainment is not a primary career; they need to have a profession first and then take entertainment as secondary.
“Music may not pay for life, but a chosen career can last long. We need to let the society know that the real career is more important if children want to achieve their desired heights”, she said.