The Director/Principal, Queen’s College Lagos, Dr (Mrs) Tokumbo Yakubu-Oyinloye, has assured that teachers would continue to contribute their quota to national development, irrespective of the perception of some sectors of the public.
The principal spoke on the sidelines of an event to commemorate the World Teachers Day celebration held within the college premises in Lagos.
Yakubu-Oyinloye emphasized that the teaching profession remains the mother of all professions, noting that giving teachers the needed supports and recognition, is a key element in ensuring the much needed accelerated nation building and growth.
”We are here to join the rest of the world to celebrate our teachers, who have made this country proud over the years on several fronts, especially in sustaining excellence in girl child education.
”Our teachers have been innovative, creative, resourceful and hardworking. They are worth celebrating not just because today is their day, but also every day, considering the kind of jobs they do.
“At the peak of the COVID-19, teachers of this school kept up with the pace of teaching and learning to ensure that the students did not miss out. This, they did, by deploying technology, online teaching, via telegram/ video, to reach out to the students while they were at home, in different parts of the country.
”These teachers take care of these children who are tomorrow’s leaders, the way they will take care of their biological children and I know that God almighty will reward them here on earth and the world after,” she stated.
She lauded the Federal Government, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba and the Permanent Secretary, Arch. Sonny Echono, for all their support over the years to the teachers.
“We are delighted for the efforts they made in helping us secure the extension of retirement from 60 to 65 years and service year from 35 to 40 years, whichever came first.
“As teachers, we learn a lot on the job and gain more experience and for us to put all these experiences to use in moulding young minds, the government has graciously agreed to extend our year of service and retirement age.
”This is the extent to which government has gone to appreciate what we do, as well as improve our welfare. And as if that is not enough, we have also been assured of a new salary scale which is to commence by January 2022,” she stated.
Yakubu-Oyinloye assured that Queens College teachers would reciprocate the gesture by giving their best in terms of quality service delivery, self-improvement by way of training and retraining, to sustain excellence.
She, however, urged the teachers to also strive to glamourise the profession by ensuring that that they boost their self-confidence, good carriage, conduct themselves properly in public as well as dress properly at all times.
This, she emphasized, will complement efforts put in place by the government to attract younger people to the teaching profession.
In his message to the teachers, the College’s PTA Chairman, Engr. Damola Adewuyi described teachers as the backbone of every society, noting that they spearheaded change by shaping and building students’ personalities, thereby making them ideal citizens of the country.
According to him, looking at the great impact on the growth, development and well being of the students and nation, one must agree that teaching remains the noblest profession.
“The PTA remains the bridge between parents and teachers that help drive the total wellbeing and performance of students.
“As partners in progress and exceptional development of our girls, we appreciate the numerous roles teachers are playing.
“We can never reward teachers adequately because their roles are priceless. However, as PTA we celebrate you on behalf of all parents today and want you to know that you are appreciated.
“Teachers are not only limited to teaching or guiding students in academics but also helping students to take the right path. You add value to students’ character and make them ideal citizens of the country.
“Teachers are our second parents. Teachers play a prominent role in influencing and inspiring students. Every student tries to imitate their teachers and consider them as role models. After parents, teachers take the responsibility of moulding a child’s character at every step.
Therefore, we have admonished our parents and children to pay honour and admire all their contributions in improving them always.