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Jackson Mugarura asked 4 weeks ago

🧑‍🏫What Do You Think About the Plight of Teachers?

Since the outbreak of Covid19, many people have lost their jobs. But when it comes to Teachers, their plight look much uncertain. With the coming of online teaching, it’s looks like we will not need these big numbers of teachers in the near future. In my country Uganda, ministry of education is one of the sectors with many employees ie teachers. With online teaching taking shape, I think fewer teachers will now be needed. And I guess massive layoffs of teachers will follow!  What’s your opinion on this? What will be the plight of the many teachers that will be rendered jobless as result?

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 4 weeks ago

We must have alternatives in our life ,if A fails you carry on B.Currently private school teachers have taken all most a year without salary and its going to be worse for  Private nursery school teacher. on line education will make more teachers being laid off on payrolls and unemployment will worsen in many developing nations and poverty will go back to gear number one.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

That will be a good perspective for those who want to give their knowledge to the news generation but are not accordingly payed by the government for the big job they do. Teachers are not well payed in several countries, they are having a miserable amount of money for all job they do. that will be a good option for those who want venture in this field.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

Eli, do you see anything changing in the near future as far as this situation is concerned. This see any light at the end of the tunnel?

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David Matlala answered 4 weeks ago

I don’t think teacher’s jobs are threatened in anyway by online lessons. The online lessons will still be offered by the same teachers who just need to upgrade their online skills. The materials still need to be processed, monitored and adjudicated by the teachers.

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Edward Duffy answered 4 weeks ago

We will always need teachers and I really do not think that online learning will ever replace face to face learning. I know a lot of students struggled during school shutdowns this year during COVID as most kids struggled without the constant supervision and interaction with their teacher.
 

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Plight of teachers, to me, learning is more perfected face to face conversation than online learning.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Plight of teachers, to me, learning is more perfected face to face conversation than online learning.
Because we have different types of learner, backward learner, forward learner and exceptional learners. So, for the backwards learners they will find it difficult to learn online than other learners.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

Kenneth, a fine analysis, but do you think online teaching will sustain the high numbers of teachers?

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 weeks ago

Is not good, they should maintain face to face learning

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Things change Kenneth, change will change will change will change you. See how social media has taken up the world by storm. So Kenneth, the world can not remain static, it must change.

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Shane Collins answered 3 weeks ago

I get what you are saying and for one this pandemic has caused lots of uncertainty regarding working situations. Teachers may have to look into a option B but in my opinion I can not see the high volume of students going trough online studies to complete schooling. Another thing is not all school children have access to a computer and or a Wi-Fi connection to ensure that their studies will be possible and completed with online courses. Therefor I feel the education system will return to normality after this hole pandemic because like I have mentioned above not every student can afford to do their schooling career online. If online schooling really does become the new way of doing things I think it may cause even more havoc and uncertainty in the educational system as not everyone will be able to access it. At least with having actual learning facilities everybody has a equal chance to a education because it is more affordable and in the event that it is not these schools helps underprivileged learners pay for things in the form of subsidizing these learners and when studies are only available online what will happen to these learners?
Another thing that worries me is like I have mentioned above will it even be possible to accommodate such a large group of learners with online studies alone? 
And then also students in an actual learning facility are closer to teachers than online students and can with much greater ease ask for more explanations to work they do not understand. Face to face learning in my opinion is in any case much better and provides students with a much more suitable and more interactive learning environment.
I guess with all that has happened in the last year all we can really do is wait and see. If the pandemic does not end soon online schooling may be the only option left because of the educational and or academic year of 2021 can not come to stand still as education is crucial but I honestly hope all can normalize soon.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

In my country.
Teachers are very sad, many teachers are paid below the minimum salary, and some don’t even get a salary, only getting a salary from the student’s contribution.
This is very sad because teachers encourage children to have knowledge

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Ad, I see the situation in your country is equally bad, but it’s not different from many countries. In my country Uganda, teachers still not ok, however, after many protracted Strikes, the government of dictator Museveni finally agreed to better their working conditions.
 

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Steinar Kloverod answered 3 weeks ago

I don’t think teachers work are threatend in general.  To educate children and young people on the net demands a lot of preparation and you have still to organize the education in groups and classes.  I read in the newspapers that teaching the pupils on the net is more demanding than teaching in a classroom.   Because of this the teachers organizations demands more teacher jobs in school on all levels.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Steinar, that would be very great if teachers are to keep their jobs. It would be very interesting, the current situation created a lot anxiety, uncertainty and the that possibility of loss of jobs. But I think Steinar, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Teachers are always important people and their plight can never be ignored.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

This condition still exists in my country, Jackson.
Even in some remote areas, teachers only rely on salaries at the mercy of students or do not even get a salary.
I really salute those who firmly want to share knowledge with children.
Aren’t they heroes, Jackson?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Ad, I share your views on this, those are really heroes because however much you love your job, it’s very difficult to work without pay Ad.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

Right, Jackson.
I think heroes like them deserve a good salary.
Is not it?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

You are very right Ad, but it’s not easy as they will face alot of resistance from the powers that be.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I agree with you, Jackson.
Even in my country, teachers were a dream before.
But now, people think of teachers as a fate that must be accepted because of the salary that teachers get.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Really Ad its a shame to our leaders and technocrats. Teachers are the people who shape the future of any country but ignoring them to such an extent shows careless these leaders are. They are not thinking about the future, but only self centered.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I agree with you, Jackson.
I think that the government must guarantee good teacher salaries.
Because they are very meritorious, aren’t they?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

I tell you Ad, teachers are a very big asset to any economy and as such should be handled carefully. Don’t you think so Ad?

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I totally agree with you, Jackson.
They are very influential on children’s intelligence, therefore it is important that the government pay attention to their welfare

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Very true Ad, but do you think leaders and technocrats don’t know this? Why do you think they don’t care? What could be the reason?

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I think they know where the teacher is, Jackson.
I don’t have any idea what their reasons are for doing that, but maybe the distribution of the budget for their salary is so lacking.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Are you sure Ad, I highly doubt if the cause for this is inadequate budget. Maybe poor planning or poor budgeting. Let them put it among the government priorities because education and national development are intertwined or go together. Have they never realized this Ad? 

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

They no the reason why they decided to do so, the government has mad they plan before chosing this option.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

It can be good for the country, but it seems it requires lot of money to make it happen.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

Leno.
But I think the government is obliged to provide a decent salary for a teacher, that’s because of their service to children

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

It’s an obligation indeed Leno and nothing else. I don’t think we need to remind the governments to fulfill their obligations.

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