By Dr Mrs. Charity Nwamaka Atoma
It is with great joy I write this piece. I am a teacher by the grace of God. Teaching as a profession is a calling and the caller is the Almighty God. God is happy and always rewards all stakeholders in the educational sector – Teachers, proprietors, proprietressess, nannies, etc. Their role in preserving the next generation cannot be overemphasized.
How are the schools playing this important role? In time past, schools up held integrity, uprightness, truth and hardwork. School was a place of learning and relearning. When a student fails an exam, he or she repeats.
It is disheartening to say that school that is supposed to preserve the next generation missed it. How ? Pursuit of money has brought about all kinds of compromise both in public and private schools.
You will see a student with an excellent result ( 9As) but cannot spell his or her name, graduates of higher
instututions that cannot
make a correct sentence. Do you still wonder why the society is what it is
The Bible says , “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. A child you helped to pass exams through malpractice will never be useful to himself and the society. He will end up cheating, stealing and killing all through his life because that was what was passed on to him ( culture of deception).
A CALL TO REPENTANCE
God is calling on all stakeholders to realize that teaching is a calling and we must align ourselves with His principles in raising the future leaders. Making money at the expense of rightly building the next generation will incure the wrath of God.
Let us arise and go back to what education and schools truly stand for.
Say no to
1. Examination malpractice
3 Illegal collection of money
4. Underfunding of institutions of learning.
5. Sexual abuse and other vices.
My fellow Teachers, teaching is a noble profession. Teachers were known to be hard workers and counsellors. They were role models and custodians of knowledge. They were highly respected members of the society. But today, the quest for money has replaced character and integrity. Most teachers no longer study nor impart knowledge. They have abandoned the virtues of hard work and integrity. Many school owners have lost sight of the true role of a school. It is now seen from the business perspective only.
EXTORTION OF MONEY AND SUCCESS WITHOUT WORK IS A BIG TIME FRAUD.
Let us arise and do it right.There is dignity in labour. As we do, our caller will reward us . It is the blessings of the Lord that makes rich and adds no sorrow. Those children under our care as a teacher are God’s heritage and we will give account of how we raised them.
There is great power in Teachers preserving the next generation.