By Nnamdi Ojiego
Considering the enormous responsibility of imparting knowledge on people particularly, on young children, teachers are suppose to be the highest salary earners in the country.
This was the view of the Chairman of Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mr Adedotun Sulaiman. He said teaching is the greatest all the professions, as without teachers, there would be no other profession, because, teachers are the ones who train others to become what they are.
“Without teachers, there will be nothing like doctors, accountants, architects, and many others because, they must be taught by teachers before they could become what they want to be. If there is nobody to teach and impart to people, the necessary knowledge of what they are doing now, there wont be anything like doctor and so on. Therefor, teachers should earn more than anybody in the country.”
Mr Suleiman who was speaking at the 2011 Staff Day ceremony of Corona Schools, held recently at the schools’ central office, Victoria Island, Lagos disclosed that teaching is a calling because, those who teach are not teaching for monetary gains. He said what Corona was doing is to recognise and reward those staff who have gone extra miles in the discharge of their duty, and to encourage others to emulate them.
Highlights of the event were award of excellence to deserving staff which include staff commendation, long service award and teacher award, among others.
Reacting, the winner of the ‘Teacher Award’, which is the highest award, Mrs Ruth Ben-Ossai said nothing gives her satisfaction than doing her work to the best of her ability, stating that she feel elated for being awarded the Corona Schools Teacher of the Year.
“I am happy and satisfied because it shows that all my efforts have not been in vain. It shows that somebody is watching what you are doing. “, she enthused while expressing her readiness to brace up for the challenges that come with her new status. She commended the schools’ management for the initiative and called on other schools and organisation to emulate Corona in other to motivate and boost the morals of their staff to put in their best.
Also responding, one of the recipients of Long Service Award and Public Relations Manager of the school, Mrs Adewunmi Onofowokan said what was keeping her in the school for ten years is that Corona is like a family to her. According to her, she is fulfilled imparting knowledge to people. “ It is all about imparting on lives not only in schools, but outside too.
Corona is the place and we want to change the face of education in Nigeria by taking the lead in innovative initiatives, and setting the pace in academic excellence”.
She said what Corona was doing is to show Nigerians and indeed, the whole world that teaching is a great profession and when your calling is to teach, money becomes secondary.