Monday, 1 June 2015

Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense!


Dr. Biodun Ogungbo
I do not remember many of my teachers in secondary or even medical school. One or two made enough impact to be memorable, but the majority of them were a waste of space and time, as it turned out.
Even the consultant bullies in medical school failed woefully to register on my radar. Sadly, many of my friends and colleagues feel the same way. Many of the teachers were that bad!
Do you remember your teachers from secondary school or even the university? Do you remember and are you still in touch with any? Did you have impressive teachers? Those who, in a significant way, shaped you, your career and life for the better?
Let me give you two examples of worthy teachers.
From one teacher
A colossus died recently. Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi, architect, builder, engineer and the force behind Awojobi Clinic, Eruwa is dead.
As Dr. Bayo Windapo says of him, “Awojobi, a true Yoruba man, the uncrowned ‘Omoluabi,’ was a good man, a kind-hearted man whose love for the poor is legendary.
“He was a man of impeccable character, highly principled and painstaking. Detailed records and accountability were his watchwords. A man with many enviable values: his integrity was never in doubt and he would defend it with the last drop of his blood; and he did, till the end.”
Awojobi was a trail blazer among doctors and among men. He was creative, innovative and set benchmarks for others to follow. He was reputed to be a sound teacher and an exceptional trainer. He mentored many who, having imbibed his work ethics and ethos, went on to be outstanding members of the society. He would be sorely missed by his detractors, friends and family.
To another teacher
I met another teacher recently. He was brought to me for operation by his student: let us call him Dan (from school many, many years ago). In a heart-rending story, it turned out that he was a venerable teacher remembered by many of his students and still in communication with most. That they love and respect him was not in doubt. That he changed their lives for the better was clear to see.
The medical problem: Dan contacted me about his teacher’s ailment: back pain and difficulty walking. He requested for an appointment and, indeed, brought him and his wife over to Abuja. The teacher was having difficulty walking and his walking distance had reduced significantly. This was his particular concern.
However, in getting the full picture of him as a person, it turned out that he also has problems in his hands. He was unable to fasten his own buttons and had difficulty using a mobile phone, signing a cheque and eating.
There were multiples of pains shooting down into different parts of his body. Apparently, all the pains and weakness in the hands were emanating from his neck. The teacher required surgery to help with his problems.
The point, though, is that the student paid for his care simply because of the love, the impact made by the teacher and the foundation laid to prepare him for the future. That someone you helped in their most vulnerable state can return the favour during your own period of crisis is real karma.
Teachers, oh teachers!
The little boy wasn’t getting good marks in school. One day, he made the teacher quite surprised. He tapped her on the shoulder and said, “I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking.”
Teachers should be benchmarked and their job enhancements/remuneration subjected to performance tests. Teachers whose students fail repeatedly are not worthy and should be demoted, sent for further training or sacked. Bad teachers should get a spanking.
Of course, what do we do to teachers who sleep with their students? I came across many young secondary school students in Ijebu-Ode during the NYSC years impregnated by their teachers. Teachers teaching absolute nonsense!
I have met many graduates recently and have been sorely disappointed. I have been disappointed with their diction, comportment and preparedness for the future. Many cannot string a coherent sentence together, write a persuasive argument or even present themselves as suitable job candidates. You have to reduce your expectations and fit the job around their vulnerabilities.
You can just imagine how unprepared many of these young people are. It is a shame and relates solely to the poor foundation, loose background and shaky educational support systems in Nigeria.
That the teacher is singularly responsible, I have no doubt. But, this is open to debate!

Culled from http://www.punchng.com/health/healthwise/teacher-dont-teach-me-nonsense/

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