Teachers’ relevance in the society is more than an evidence; it’s undeniable. They are the potters, the architects of the society. And, one of the biggest crisis in Benin for the past five years, still ongoing, is the teachers on strike.
We all admitted that “knowledge is power”. A teacher is someone whose job is to give knowledge in a school or a college. But deeper than that, we are all teachers, because we pass on knowledge to people, consciously or unconsciously.
To strike is considered as to stop work, to refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels or job losses.
Talking about drawbacks from teachers on strike, is to elaborate on the disadvantages of teachers’ decision to stop working. The consequences appear to be very harmful for the students, the parents, and the nation. To get my point across, I will give you a taste of each category of drawbacks mentioned earlier on.
Firstly, a teacher to be on strike, is like having your parents, when you are a kid, decide to stop taking their responsibilities, your life turns upset down, I mean, you seem condemned to fail and suffer, until a saviour appears from nowhere to take the lead. But in this social context, there is no other saviour than you and i. let’s now have a look at these consequences:
For the students,
Having teachers on strike when they are prepared to study hard for the academic year, make it very nasty to study. The motivation gets out, some of them easely drop out of school, many just have their study level corrupted, the result is not far from what we have at the end of our national exams, year after year, it’s getting worst.
For the parents,
The financial lost is terrible, they spend huge money to have their children in school, when the children stay home and resume later they need home teachers to assist them, sometimes the parents are forced to take their kids to private schools where school fees are always increasing. Actually parents pay a heavy price to get their children educated, and it is quite unfortunate when they have to fail the final exams. If things move ahead just like this, it will be a time that the average citizen will not be able to get his child educated.
For the nation,
The financial lost is worst, billions of our contribution are invested every year in our educational programs, when teachers go on strike, obviously it affect the normal process of things, but the money will not come back to us, it will be a pure and simple lost, and another one will be allocated for the following year, meanwhile no benefits came out from the previous one. in 2014, for a national budget of more than thousand billions CFA, 23% ( around 230 billions), was invested into the education process. and, every year this amount increases.
The youth are said to be less skilled for the jobs available, how can they be skilled if they spend most of the time home during academic year, and finally get lucky enough to succeed to their exams? Are they to blame?
The Nation is in an increasing lack of knowledge state. Our image on the international is getting seriously affected. As written in the Bible, i feel like saying “my people are dying due to the lack of knowledge”.
The funniest part is that, the same teachers are teaching in the various private schools which are making education inaccessible for the majority of the people in this country.
A friend of mine told me some time ago that teachers’ representative council members enjoy this situation every year because, they always get some cash from the government, what makes them to decide to save the year every time. by doing so, making their friends from the private sector also confortable. I don’t want to believe that, but everything drives me to considered this version.
every nation that is known in the world for being a great one took the educational sector with more than seriousness; it has been the first and most important priority. Moving from the US, France, Germany, passing by China, Singapor, Brazil, Ghana and kenya; Education has been, and still a priority, not only for the government, but above all for the people, for the teachers.
My question is, “where is the passion to teach? how can a teacher stay a week without teaching? why are so reluctant to solve the issue one for all? who to we commit our own genocide?”
Teachers must think about changing their strategies, for five years now they have been going on strike, killing slowly, but surely the next generation. It is highly to find a strategy less harmful, or not continuously harmful to our nation.
“Education is the silver bullet to improve this Nation’s standing worldwide… and our teachers know that!” Solomon Ortiz.