Examining Role of Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Teachers no doubt play invaluable roles in nurturing, shaping,moulding and transforming students to become responsible adults.

The global Covid 19 pandemic has however affected all spheres of human existence and the teaching profession is not an exemption.

With the partial opening of schools in Oyo state, teachers were in the fore front of dispersing Covid 19 messages to students and the general populace.

Speaking on his experience during the period, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers,Oyo State,Mr Tojuade Adedoyin said he was grateful that no casualty was recorded.

He decried the non payment of salaries to their counterparts in the private sector,a situation that had further plunged many of them into poverty.

Mr Adedoyin noted that the union had already appealed to the government that these category of teachers be the major beneficiaries of the next phase of palliative to the workers in the state.

Contributing, the Secretary and Treasurer of the union,Mr Muhammed Abdullahi and Mr Raji Oladimeji explained that the Covid 19 experience served as a clarion call to Nigerians to be prepared for emergencies.

They also called for more investment in technological innovations to aid E-teaching and learning at an affordable cost.

The teachers pledged more commitment to the teaching profession which they referred to as a” calling”.

The theme for this year’s World Teachers Day is “Teachers:leading in Crisis,re- imaging the future”

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