MISPLACED PRIORITIES IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND THE INCREASE IN SPECIALIZATION MISMATCH IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • Agbovu, Daniel
  • Chukwuma, Charity Mgbeodichinma

Keywords:

Misplaced Priorities, Teaching, Profession, Specialisation, Mismatch.

Abstract

The teaching profession in Nigeria is grappling with a significant issue of misplaced priorities. In comparison with other professions like medicine, law, and engineering, teaching is often undervalued and not given the recognition it deserves. This lack of respect has resulted in a decrease in motivation among teachers and an increase in the number of teachers leaving the profession. The lack of incentives and societal respect associated with teaching has caused talented individuals who would have excelled as teachers to pursue other careers. This has led to a mismatch between the skills required for teaching and the skills of those who fill the vacancies, resulting in a decline in the quality of education. Thus, the paper explored the misplaced priorities in the teaching profession and the increase in specialization mismatch in Nigeria. Base on extensive review of literature, the paper identified areas where the teaching profession has misplaced its priorities, including salaries and work performance incentive policies, policies on technology utilisation for teaching and learning, teachers' pedagogical training, administrative efficiency of the school head, and political nepotism. This mismatch has led to a decline in the quality of education. Therefore, there is a pressing need for comprehensive reforms in the education sector to address the issue of misplaced priorities in the teaching profession. The paper suggests that financial incentives or rewards can be given to teachers who specialise in high-demand or understaffed subjects to increase their availability. Educators can also enhance the relevance and engagement of their profession for students by incorporating technology into their curriculum, and quality professional training programmes can equip teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve their specialisation.

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Published

2024-01-06

How to Cite

Daniel, A., & Charity Mgbeodichinma, C. (2024). MISPLACED PRIORITIES IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND THE INCREASE IN SPECIALIZATION MISMATCH IN NIGERIA . BW Academic Journal, 10. Retrieved from https://bwjournal.org/index.php/bsjournal/article/view/1707