A Critique of Teaching Profession and Teacher Education in Nigeria

Abstract:

Teaching is one of the oldest professions in modern Nigeria. The advent of the Christian missionaries who introduced western education culminated into the evolution of teaching profession. For ease of communication, educating the Africans had to go along with evangelistic activities. This put teachers in elite position in the society and possessed good positive image. With the rise of other professions, the honor accorded teachers drastically wane down, and so their commitments to teachings were negatively affected. The paper focuses on the roles of teacher with specific illustration from Nigerian experience. Teacher training programmes in Nigeria were reviewed and arguments for and against the relevance of teacher in emerging world were critically analyzed